(Finland) -- The polar bear cub at the Ranua Wildlife Park enjoying the outdoors throughout the day already.
The polar bear cub at the Ranua Wildlife Park spends ever more time in the outdoor fencing enjoying the bright white snow banks and the fresh winds of the quickly approaching springtime.
Also the cub's mother spends time in the outdoors, nursing her cub amongst the snowdrifts, and after nursing, taking a nap with the baby curled up in her arms.
The outings up to this point have gone well enough for both the polar bear cub and the mother to start following the "polar-bear-routines" carried out at the Wildlife Park. These routines involve that the bears go outside in the mornings, and the hatch will be closed and locked for the animal attendants to be able to clean the den; in the afternoons, the hatch will be opened again at about 3 pm when the bears will enter the den for feeding. After their meal both the polar bear cub and her mother will most probably go out in the outdoor fencing again, and, however, the hatch into the den at this point will be open until the next morning for the polar bears to go in and out as they please.
The Ranua Zoo polar bear cub is going out with its mother Venus now daily. The cub was born 5 months ago in a zoo in northern Finland.
The cub has not got a name yet and there is a competition going on to find one. There are more than 10.000 propositions already.
The name is to be revealed in September.
The cub was born November the 18. 2011 and was first seen outside its nest February the 23. 2012. It is the first surviving polar bear cub in Finland.