Image description: The National Zoo’s three-month-old sloth bear cub is male.
The cub was born on December 19 and has spent the past 13 weeks bonding with Hana, his mother, in a den near the Asia Trail exhibit. Animal care staff and the public have had the opportunity to watch Hana nurture the cub and watch him play and grow via the live Sloth Bear Cub Cam.
The information gathered from watching their behavior will be shared with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the benefit of other institutions that exhibit and want to breed this species. The cub’s first veterinary exam is planned in the next few weeks and the family’s public debut will take place later this summer.
Photo by Courtney Janney, Smithsonian’s National Zoo