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Polar Bear Cub Nanook’s First Steps Outside at Gelsenkirchen Zoo

An 18-week-old polar bear cub left the birthing box at Gelsenkirchen’s zoological garden for the first time together with his mother on Friday.

The cub was born on Dec. 4, 2017, and now weighs about 20 kilograms (44 pounds).

Gelsenkirchen Mayor Frank Baranowski unveiled the name of the little polar bear as the baby took its first steps.

The public was left with five names for most two weeks before a vote was taken: Nanook, Mathilda, Lenja, Lore, and Baerbel.

Most who voted chose the namer Nanook. The animal keepers also chose the name, according to the zoo’s website homepage.

Nanook comes from the Inuit language and means polar bear.

Credit: Reuters