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Peek-a-Boo! Baby Polar Bear Ventures Out of Birth Cave

by Andy Eckardt /  / Updated 
Image: Visitors catch a glimpse of the cub at the zoo
Visitors catch a glimpse of the cub at the zoo. CARMEN JASPERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

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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.

Image: The still unnamed baby polar bear plays with her mother "Valeska"
The still unnamed baby polar bear plays with her mother, Valeska.CARMEN JASPERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

"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.

Image: A female baby polar bear plays with a ball
The baby polar bear plays with a ball.CARMEN JASPERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

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