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

It's Hertha.

Berlin's Tierpark zoo has unveiled the much-anticipated name of its new star. The star is a 4-month-old polar bear cub.

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

The club's mascot is a brown bear. The team presented a ball with the cub's name at the zoo. Then mother, Tonja, and daughter ran into the enclosure. That delighted the assembled photographers.

Hertha played ball for the cameras before accidentally kicking it into the deep end of the moat. In a display of motherly love, Tonja retrieved the ball.

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

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  • Annabel-E2
    5/16/2019 - 10:22 a.m.

    Hertha was born on Dec. 1, Hertha is such a cute name, it is cool that she was named after German capital 's top soccer league. The Berlin Zoo recently had another polar bear which was named Knut, who died prematurely from an illness. Hertha received a ball with her name on it from the soccer club. That is so cool! The soccer club's mascot is a brown bear and they are also sponsoring the animal. This is such a cute story!