TRENDING Berlin zoo fighting to keep baby polar cub alive


Berlin zoo fighting to keep baby polar cub alive

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10:52, December 04, 2018

It's a fight for life at Tierpark Berlin, one of the two main zoos in the German capital.The still unnamed polar cub was born on December 1 in the wake of a series of cub deaths at the zoo.To prevent any infection from harming the cuddly newcomer, the Zoo will be placing the infant and mother Tonja in a quiet den located below ground at the zoo.

"The mother and its baby need absolute peace and quiet right now and it will stay that way for the next six weeks or so. No one is going inside and obviously no one is feeding them."The zoological zeitgeist famously featured Teirgarten before, back in 2011. Baby-polar bear Knut finally succumbed after suffering from an autoimmune disease the led to brain swelling.The zoo is putting the cub's chance for survival at 50-50. Three days ago polar bear Tonja gave birth to a new cub at the Tierpark Berlin zoo. But with infection a risk, zoo staff is placing the baby under special care. Dan Fastenberg reports.

(Video source: Reuters via VCG)

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