Zoo’s new polar bear cub now named Kaska
Winnipeg zoo officials announced on Nov. 25, 2013 the new polar bear cub has been named Kaska. (image courtesy Assiniboine Park Zoo)
Published Monday, November 25, 2013 3:25PM CST
Last Updated Monday, November 25, 2013 6:04PM CST
The latest polar bear addition to the Assiniboine Park Zoo now has a name.
The 11-month-old cub has been named Kaska, which relates to “Kaskatamagan Wildlife Management Area, which lies within the traditional territory of Shamattawa First Nation, and within the York Factory First Nation Resource Management Area,” said the zoo.
“It’s very fitting for this cub to carry a name directly associated with the north and chosen by northern peoples,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, director of Zoological Operations at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. “It’s a great way to acknowledge the origin of these animals and their significance to northern communities.”
Officials brought the cub to the Winnipeg zoo’s International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.
The cub's mother was killed earlier in November during a search for another bear that attacked two people in Churchill.
The zoo’s polar bear centre is also home to three other polar bears, including two-year-old Hudson, three-year-old Storm and 11-month-old Aurora.