Saturday, 21 May 2016

Private Juno

Juno is the Toronto Zoo's female polar bear cub. Juno was born on November 11 2015 to parents Aurora and Inukshuk. Aurora gave birth to twin cubs but sadly one did not survive, so little Juno spent her first three months in the maternity ward in the Wildlife Health Centre at the Zoo, just to be on the safe side.
As she was born on Remembrance Day, she was named in honour of Juno Beach, the name given to Canadian soldiers designated landing on D-day. She is now an honorary member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and holds the rank of Private. Apparently, she will get a promotion from the army on every birthday, so may eventually end up being General Juno. We'll have to salute her!

Here she is at 2 months old, just learning to walk.


She's just over 6 months old now, and I spent a long time leaning on the fence early this morning, watching her play with her toys. Here's what I saw.....



10 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

She is absolutely enchanting. Thank you.

Marie Smith said...

Such a gorgeous creature. It's polar bear season in Newfoundland now. Bears come ashore from the ice flows sometimes, showing up in coastal communities. It must be a scary sight to meet one in your backyard.

photowannabe said...

It's fascinating to see such a powerful bear when an adult, being so helpless and wobbly when first born.
Enjoyed your post Shammy.

Jacob said...

I'll salute her right now. It always amazes me at how gentle these wild animals look when young.

Hilary said...

What great footage you captured of sweet Juno. Just a precious wee thing.

stardust said...

How cute! I think I know how your attention was glued to her as I was so entertained by her behaviors in the video.

Linda said...

Really sweet! Warm greetings from another part of Canada...Montreal. :)

sonia a. mascaro said...

Juno is really lovely! Love the videos!

sonia a. mascaro said...

I return to show the videos to my husband. How cute seeing her playing with her toys! Thanks for sharing.

Anvilcloud said...

Awwww ... I hope she has a good life.