'Snowflake' Lands in Nuremberg

Polar bear cub's nickname sticks
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 3:35 PM CST
Nuremberg Mayor Ulrich Maly holds a photo of the Nuremberg zoo's polar bear cub as he announces the five-week-old white ball of fluff's official name, Friday Jan. 18, 2008 in Nuremberg, southern Germany....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After fielding tens of thousands of suggestions from around the world, the Nuremburg zoo has named its new polar bear cub Flocke, German for "snowflake," Der Spiegel reports. The adorable 6-week-old will keep her nickname, says the city's mayor, in part because many of the monikers proposed by her legions of fans were "difficult for German tongues to pronounce."

Among what the zoo called the "many creative and original suggestions" were Nibs, Snow White, and Yuki Chan, the AP reports. "The big public interest hopefully means that Flocke will become an ambassador for the endangered habitat of her species," said the zoo’s director. Flocke, who just recently opened her eyes for the first time, was taken from her mother last week out of fear that she would be harmed.