Aurora in March 2016 (PJMixer – Creative Commons Licence)

Name:  Aurora (female)

Born:  Winter 2000 in the wild

Mother:  Not known

Father:  Not known

Siblings: Nikita

Current location: Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada

History of captivity:

  1. Born in the wild Winter of 2000/2001
  2. Rescued in Polar Bear Provincial Park February 2001
  3. Arrived at Toronto Zoo on 18 February 2001
  4. Transferred to Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien, Saint-Félicien, Quebec, Canada 4 January 2002
  5. Transferred to Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, Cochrane, Ontario, Canada 19 May 2004
  6. Returned to Toronto Zoo 3 July 2009

Progeny: Hudson (male) born 2011, Humphrey (male) born 2013 (Humphrey’s two siblings did not survive), Juno (female) born 2015 (Juno’s twin did not survive).

Additional Information

Aurora and her twin sister Nikita were orphaned after their mother was reportedly killed by a hunter.  The cubs were found wandering in Ontario’s Polar Bear Provincial Park on the western shore where James Bay joins Hudson Bay.

The two bears are hard to tell apart but their keepers look at their tongues to do so. Aurora’s has pink splotches, while Nikita’s tongue is a darker purplish black.  The Zoo’s publicity states that Aurora’s favourite food is Romaine lettuce and, in the summer, frozen watermelon.

Aurora has had maternal problems in the past.  In 2011 she rejected and attacked her litter of three cubs with only one (Hudson) surviving.  The following year she gave birth to triplets once more but one male died shortly after being born and the other male and the female died within days.  In both 2013 and 2015 Aurora had a surviving cub but on each occasion other cubs in the litters died (see “Progeny” above).

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