For months zookeepers and visitors at the Bremerhaven zoo in Germany have been waiting for this moment: the first steps of a baby polar bear cub outside its secluded birth cave.
The still-unnamed female "toddler" — born on December 11 at the northern German zoo — has now taken its first wobbely steps with its mother Valeska at the indoor polar bear compound.
"She plays, lies on her mothers paws and bites mom into the claws," a statement from zoo officials read.
The cub hid between her mother’s legs at first, but quickly started to take self-confident steps towards her human caretakers.
The young cub will first learn to swim in an indoor wading pool, before taking its first steps in open air sometime after March.