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 unveiled the much-anticipated name of its new star attraction, a 4-month-old polar bear cub.

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

The club's mascot — a brown bear — presented a ball with the cub's name at the zoo. Then mother, Tonja, and daughter gamboled into the enclosure to the delight of the assembled photographers.

Hertha played ball for the cameras, literally, 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 in 2011 at age 4. Several cubs born since failed to reach maturity.

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COMMENTS (4)
  • DylanL-dec
    5/23/2019 - 11:14 a.m.

    I would name a polar bear cub WeiƟ. I would name it that because it is white in german.

  • EmilyB-dec1
    5/24/2019 - 08:04 a.m.

    I would name a polar bear cub snowball because they look like little snowballs

  • OliviaV-dec
    5/24/2019 - 12:19 p.m.

    This article was good until I read that the polar bear died. After I heard that the polar bear died it made me sad. Other than that I liked the article.

  • MadisonT-dec
    5/24/2019 - 12:19 p.m.

    I would name a polar bear snowflake. I would name it tha because they live in a cold climate and it would just fit him or her very well. I think it is very sad that the polar bear died at 4 years old.

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