A polar bear cub took its first hesitant steps outside its enclosure at the Tierpark Berlin zoo on Friday, stumbling awkwardly into a rock-lined pool under the watchful gaze of her mother, 9-year-old Tonja.
The bear was born on December 1 but has spent three and a half months living in darkness with her mother inside her enclosure. Born deaf and blind, polar bear cubs require intensive maternal nurturing.
“The bond between them is very close,” said the zoo's polar bear keeper Florian Sicks. “Tonja is a very good mother, taking incredibly good care of her cub, never letting her out of her sight. We can't complain.”