We can’t wait to meet the orphaned brown bear cub at Woodland Park Zoo.
We don’t know about you, but we love visiting Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo in the summer. And although we don’t exactly need an incentive to go, the amount of adorable baby animals currently at the zoo does make the trip extra-enticing. Woodland Park Zoo welcomed an orphaned brown bear cub from Alaska on July 13, and she is extremely adorable.
Read on for all the info you need to see the baby bear at the zoo!
What happened to the brown bear cub’s mother?
The cub was found roaming alone in Anchorage, Alaska. After determining that its mother was missing in action, Alaska Department of Fish and Game rescued the cub with a winning combination of glazed donuts and sausages. The cub is too young to survive on her own in the wild, so she was brought to Woodland Park Zoo where she will receive a nutritious diet and stimulation in a setting that resembles her natural habitat.
When can I see the brown bear cub?
The brown bear cub was kept behind the scenes at first while she adjusted to her new home and routine. Now the zoo has announced the cub’s transition to the public-facing area! You can visit the zoo’s Living Northwest Trail to see the bear cub alternate appearances with the other resident brown bear, Keema. Her routine isn’t consistent yet, so remember you’re not guaranteed to see her if you go.
What is the brown bear cub’s name?
Update: the cub’s name has officially been announced! The Woodland Park Zoo announced on Instagram that the rescued bear cub has been named Juniper, “after the plant found in the Cascades of Washington state.”
Are there any other baby animals at the Woodland Park Zoo?
Yes! Several other baby animals were born at Woodland Park Zoo in recent months, including a baby pudu (a very small deer) in May, three baby penguins in April, a pair of sloth bear cubs this past January, and an Asian small-clawed otter pup born in December 2021. You can also visit two-year-old gorilla Kitoko and his mom.
Woodland Park Zoo
Address: 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily