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Oregon Zoo's Polar Bear Cub Headed To Utah Zoo In September


Nora, the Oregon Zoo's young polar bear cub, played in the snow early this year. She's headed to Utah in September as the zoo plans to expand their polar bear habitat.

Nora, the Oregon Zoo's young polar bear cub, played in the snow early this year. She's headed to Utah in September as the zoo plans to expand their polar bear habitat.

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People who want to see the Oregon Zoo’s cute polar bear cub better hurry, she’s hitting the road in September.

Nora, the cub born in November 2015 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, will head east to Utah’s Hogle Zoo next month. The last day to see her in Oregon will be Sunday, Sept. 10.

“It’s been so rewarding to watch Nora grow over the past year,” said curator Amy Cutting, who oversees the Oregon Zoo’s marine life area. “She’s made a lot of progress and inspired a lot of people here in the Northwest and, through social media, all around the world. We hope everyone has a chance to come see her before she embarks on this important next step in her life.”

In Utah, Nora’s caregivers plan to introduce her to Hope, who is moving from the Toledo Zoo and is about the same age. “As hard as it is for us to say goodbye, this is a great move for Nora and we are really excited for her,” Cutting said. “For a young bear that was hand-raised, the companionship of another bear will be so important for developing social skills.”

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