Berlin zoo unveils name of latest polar bear cub The polar bear cub Hertha plays with a ball of soccer club Hertha BSC, after the announcing of her name, at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Berlin zoo unveils name of latest polar bear cub
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It's Hertha.

Berlin's Tierpark zoo has shared the name of its new star. The news was much-anticipated. The star is a polar bear cub. She is 4 months old. 

Hertha was born on Dec. 1. She is named after the German capital's eponymous top league soccer club. The club is sponsoring the animal.

The club's mascot is a brown bear. It presented a ball. It had the cub's name on it. That happened at the zoo. The cub's mother is Tonja. She and her daughter ran into the enclosure. That delighted the assembled photographers.

Hertha played ball for the cameras. She accidentally kicked it into the deep end of the moat. Tonja retrieved the ball. It was a display of motherly love. 

Berlin's last celebrity polar bear was Knut. He died prematurely. He died from an illness. That was in 2011. He was 4. Several cubs have been born since. They failed to reach maturity.

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