The cub is only three months old, but made waves on social media when his YouTube videos went viral.
His first steps, first bath and first steps in snow have garnered his videos 6 million hits, but he has never been seen in the flesh.
“You see the lineups? The popularity? It’s family day and everyone is here,” said Jeff Young, Toronto Zoo wildlife care supervisor.
The unveiling of the young cub is part of the zoo’s Polar Bear Month geared at saving polar bears raising awareness through educational activities.
The cub, born Nov. 9, remains nameless. One of the activities the zoo asks the public to participate in is the name drive.
Fans can cast their vote for their favourite name on the zoo’s website. There are six names to choose from: Humphrey, Orson, James, Lorek, Searik or Stirling.
The new name will be announced in March.
Pandas also drawing a crowd
Though the polar bear cub was the main attraction on Saturday, the giant pandas are also drawing crowds. They created some YouTube hype of their own when they were also caught romping in the freshly fallen snow in their outdoor habitat.
The zoo is hoping for a pregnant panda in the spring and a baby panda by the summer.
“We’re hoping and we’re monitoring. We’ve got a reproductive physiologist on our staff and we’re monitoring the cycle,” said Dr. Bill Rapley, Executive Director of Conservation Education and Wildlife at the zoo.
The polar bear club will be permanently open for the public but zoo staff do warn that visitors be patient as he is still a baby and does get tuckered out now and again.
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