Berlin’s famous zoo, Tierpark, is starting the new year off with some tragic news as zookeepers discovered their latest polar bear cub had suddenly passed away just 26 days after its birth.
The polar bears have been a staple of Berlin’s Tierpark, drawing in visitors from around the world, but with the passing of their most famous polar bear Knut in 2011, the zoo has had bad luck with their efforts to find a replacement.
Early last year, the zoo was hopeful with Fritz, the first polar cub birth on their grounds in 22 years, but after only four months the cub passed away in March from hepatitis.
Polar bear cubs are known to have a high mortality rate in the first few weeks, but staff are at a loss for words over the still unnamed cub’s sudden death. In a statement announcing the cub’s passing, it was said that on Monday it was exhibiting normal healthy behavior, with mother Tonja taking great care of her baby.
The cause of death is unknown at the time, but officials will be making it a priority to find the cause. “We will now analyse the footage from the surveillance camera and wait for the autopsy results,” Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr Andreas Knieriem said in a statement.