Meet nation's newest polar bear cub - KCTV5

Meet nation's newest polar bear cub

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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Luna is a fluffy white bundle of joy that had observers cooing and squealing at the Buffalo Zoo as they recently showed off the polar bear cub.

Last week, the zoo put the cub on public display. Luna was born on Nov. 27, and her birth was an event.

Just three polar bears were born last year to two mothers in captivity in the United States.

The hope is the Kansas City Zoo's new bear, Berlin, will mate with Nikita and make history with a cub.

In Buffalo, Luna will have a new name soon. Her zoo is holding a naming contest as part of a campaign to raise $18 million to build a new polar bear exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo or Luna will have to find a new home.

Her parents, Nanuq and Anana, already have new homes. Anana is at a zoo in Chicago.

Nanuq is a 25-year-old male who was rescued in April 1998 as an orphaned cub in Alaska. He lived in Wisconsin until he was moved in 2009 to the Buffalo Zoo. He left the Buffalo Zoo and moved to the Columbus zoo in October.

At the Columbus zoo is also Anana and her twin, Aurora, who are 6. This is a different Anana than Luna's mother.

Since Luna's mother did not bond with her, a zookeeper named Alice Rohauer has taken over mothering duties. She feeds Luna and plays with her including in a tiny plastic kid's pool.

"It was getting to know her body language and her calls on what she wanted," Rohauer said. "Fortunately, it was mostly crying because she was hungry."

Luna weighs 23 pounds. A closed circuit broadcast of her is available.

Click here for the Buffalo Zoo's Facebook page including to see more pictures of Luna. Click here to read more about the Buffalo Zoo and its fundraising campaign.

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