Polar Bear Twins Born in Zoo

First glimpse of tiny cubs
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2008 8:09 AM CST
Germany's celebrity polar bear Flocke plays in her enclosure. She now has twin siblings.   (AP Photo/Tiergarten Nuernberg, Ralf Schedlbauer, HO)
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(Newser) – The mother of polar bear rock star Flocke has just given birth to twins at the Nuremberg zoo, reports Der Speigel. Zoo security has been ramped up to prevent over-eager paparazzi from frightening Vera and her tiny cubs, which are the size of guinea pigs. Polar bear moms eat their young if they feel pressured during the first weeks after giving birth.

"The main thing is they get bigger, then we will be happy," said the zoo's manager. For now, the threesome's progress is being monitored by an infra-red camera. The gender of the cubs will become clear in three or four weeks. So far, everything appears to be going well. "Vera is a model mother," said the manager.