Siku and one of his handlers
He’s being hand-raised by the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark, after his mom couldn’t produce enough milk to feed him.
One of his handlers thought it would be fun to post a video of the little cub on line — and Siku became an instant celebrity. Now three zookeepers keep an eye on him around clock, making sure the little guy is okay. It is a hands-on job, but park officials told reporters Siku — whose name means “ocean ice” is “really doing fine.”
Siku rolls over
Siku will bear being constantly watched until he’s one year old – and the world looks eager enough to watch along. Millions saw the first
video of him – where the cub playfully rolls around and tries to stand up. And despite the fact he will one day become a fearsome predator, right now Siku weights just 7 pounds – and enjoys nothing more than a tummy rub.
Siku takes a nap
Of course, there is that resemblance to Knut, the polar bear from Berlin Zoo who also captured the attentions of admirers around the globe a few years ago. Knut was orphaned at birth, then raised in the German capital’s zoo. Sadly, Knut died at age 4 from encephalitis.
The Scandinavian Wildlife Park say they are working hard to ensure Siku will enjoy a much longer and healthier life.