Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announces names of polar bear cubs

Anana and daughter Amelia Gray on Mother's Day, March 14, 2017 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (WCMH photo/Mike Klug)

POWELL (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced the names of its three polar bear cubs on Mother’s Day.

Mother Anana gave birth to a female cub on Nov. 8, 2016 who was named Amelia Gray. The zoo says “Amelia” means “defender,” “which represents that she is a conservation protector for her species.” She also has a patch of gray fur on the left side of her neck.

Zoo staff enlisted the assistance of the public to name Anana’s female cub by casting their vote for their favorite of four names. Voting was available until May 2.

Aurora gave birth to a female and a male on Nov. 14. They were named Neva (meaning “white snow”) and Nuniq (after father Nanuq, who died earlier this year).

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds staff were provided the opportunity to name Aurora’s twins through one of the many employee initiatives raising funds for conservation, according to the zoo. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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