Reporter: Chris Burrows
And baby has a name-o, Humphrey that is.
The Toronto Zoo’s four-month-old polar bear cub got his name through the zoo’s Name Our Cub contest, which took place from Feb. 11 to March 3, 2014. Members of the zoo’s Wildlife Care and Health teams chose six names for the public to vote on: Humphrey, James, Lorek, Orson and Stirling. More than 14,000 people voted in the contest and Humphrey came out on top. The cub was also given the Inuit name Piujuq (Piu), which means good and nice.
Born on Nov. 9, 2013, Humphrey joins three other polar bears at the zoo, his mother Aurora, father Inukshuk and Aurora’s sister Nikita.
“I am very proud to be part of Humphrey’s incredible journey as it is one that exemplifies the passion and dedication of the Toronto Zoo’s Wildlife Care, Wildlife Health Centre and Nutrition Teams,” said Jeff Young, supervisor of Americas, in a press release. “The Toronto Zoo saves and protects animals and their habitats at home and abroad, and Humphrey is a wonderful result of this continuous commitment.”
Humphrey can be seen on display between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at the zoo’s Tundra Trek exhibit.