In Australia, the only female polar bear has given birth to TWINS! Liya is a 16-year-old polar bear who lives at Seaworld in Australia.
This is not the first time Liya has given birth. In 2013 she had the first cub, Henry, ever to be born at Sea World in Australia. Henry now lives in a habitat in Canada.
“Liya’s been equally attentive to both cubs at the moment. So we think from the experience she has had from having Henry, that this has set her up well to manage these two beautiful cubs” said Trevor Long.
Polar bear babies are much smaller than human babies when they are born, weighing just over a pound each. They can grow to be full size within a year, weighing nearly 1000 to 1400 pounds as adults depending on their gender.
In the wild, polar bears can live up to 25 years and feed almost exclusively on ringed seals and bearded seals. They are also known to eat walrus, beluga whale and bowhead whale carcasses, birds’ eggs, and (rarely) vegetation. Polar bears travel great distances in search of prey.
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) estimates that there are between 20,000-25,000 polar bears in the world.
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