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Double the fun: Como Zoo welcomes second set of polar bear twins


A set of polar bear twins is settling into their new home at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

"We thought it may take a bit of time for them to get accustomed to being away from Toledo and their mom,” Allison Jungheim, Como’s Senior Zookeeper, said in a news release. “It’s very reassuring to see how well and quickly they have adapted to their new surroundings."

Suka, a 400-pound female, and her twin brother Sakari, who weighs 600 pounds, were born in November 2012 at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio and were brought to the St. Paul zoo's Polar Bear Odyssey, where they'll live next door to the zoo's much larger set of polar bear twins, 990-pound Buzz and his brother, 1,035-pound Neil. Buzz and Neil are nearly 19 years old.

“They’re very busy swimming, playing, and generally having fun exploring the exhibit," Michelle Furrer, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Director, said in the release. “We have some very happy, healthy bears."

Here's video of the polar bears from the Toledo Zoo:

The Toledo Zoo is known for its reproductive success with polar bears – it's been home to six polar bear cubs over the last eight years. Zoos that are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), like the Como Zoo and Toledo Zoo, often move animals around to best preserve the species lineage, according to a news release.

The Como Zoo has been managing polar bears as part of its collection for over 40 years.

Attention Chipotle lovers

On Tuesday, Chipotle restaurants in Minnesota, as well as those in Hudson and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, are donating 50 percent of all sales up to $35,000 to benefit the Como Zoo.

People interested can use this flier or tell the restaurant you're there to support the Como Zoo, according to a post on the zoo's Facebook page.

For information on the fundraiser, click here.

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