Nelson in September 2008 (sayan23in) (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Name: Nelson (male)

Born: November 2003 in the wild

Mother: Unknown

Father: Unknown

Siblings: Male twin, Hudson (also at Sea World, Gold Coast)

Current location: Sea World, Gold Coast, Queensland,  Australia

History of captivity:

  1. 18 May 2004 captured in the wild and taken to Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien in Quebec.
  2. Transferred to Gold Coast 22 November 2004.

Progeny: Henry (male) born 09 May 2013, Sea World, Gold Coast.

Additional Information

Nelson’s and his twin Hudson’s mother was killed after “interactions” with humans; apparently posing a threat to a Canadian township.  At the time the two cubs were around six months old and would not have survived in the wild without their mother. The two bears were flown from Quebec to Brisbane in November 2004 when they were around one year old.

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