This is the touching moment a responsible polar mama bear takes her cub out for a walk to an outdoor enclosure for the first time while making sure her offspring does not fall in a pool next to them.
The heart-warming moment was shared by the Rostov-on-Don Zoo in the port city of Rostov-on-Don in the Russian federal subject of Rostov Oblast yesterday (2 March).
The video shows a polar bear (Ursus maritimus) named Kometa walking alongside her adorable bear cub heading towards a group of zoo-goers who they greet through glass windows.
The caring mother diligently taking care of her cub and at one point is seen pushing it away from a pool with her paw after the curious cub got too close.
The footage goes on to show the two walking around the water and even drinking from it as the responsible mum watches over her offspring shortly before the video ends.
A second video shows the mama bear and her cub standing on the edge of a platform as her adorable cub continues to curiously walk around the enclosure as she ensures its safety.
The hear-warming moment was reportedly the first time Kometa took her cub out to walk at the outdoor enclosure.
Netizens took to social media to comment on the adorable moment with ‘oxanadzus’ saying: “Oh, I can’t! She holds it with her paw.”
Another ‘n_touch_’ wrote: “How lovely. The most touching video ever.”
Rostov-on-Don Zoo Press Officer Ekaterina Kovaleva told Newsflash: “The polar bear Kometa was born in 2012 in the zoo of the Czech city of Brno, two years later she was moved to the Rostov-on-Don zoo. Her name was given to her in the Czech Republic.”
Kovaleva added Kometa was paired with another polar bear named ‘Aion’ who arrived from the Izhevsk Zoo in early 2019. Aion was found and rescued at a location that gave him his namesake.
She explained: “The pair was matched within the framework of a program for the formation and conservation of an artificial population of polar bears.”
Zoo officials said Kometa decides when to take her cub out for a walk and she watches over every step as the cub can not swim yet.”
The cub’s future will later be determined by the Union of Zoos and Aquariums of Russia.
The polar bear is listed as vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as their numbers continue to gradually decrease.
The Rostov-on-Don Zoo is one of the largest in Russia with nearly 90 hectares (222 acres) of land and an incredible 5,000 animals which include tigers, lions, hippopotamuses and African elephants.
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Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Real Press