Toledo Zoo – Cuteness overload!

10.3.2023 – Source: The Toledo Zoo

The two bundles of joy were born December 1 to 24-year-old mother Crystal and 18-year-old father Nuka.



This is the first time polar bears have been born at the facility since 2012.




We know now that the twins are boys.



The babies are not on display just yet. The zoo says the public will be able to see the cubs in spring 2023.


In the meantime, the zoo is livestreaming video from the happy family’s den from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Crystal and Nuka were paired based on the advice of the species survival program, which issues breeding recommendations for endangered species in zoos to ensure genetic diversity in the population.


Cast your vote now for our Polar bear cubs naming contest!

Every $1.00 donated is a vote for a given pair of names, and voting can be done more than once.

Visit or text “CUBS” to 419-900-8966 and subscribe to our interactive messaging stream for more cub updates.

The contest closes at midnight on March 12. We will announce the winning names shortly before the cubs officially go on exhibit this spring.

Our team prioritizes the health and safety of the cubs and will determine an exhibit debut date once our keepers confirm that they’re ready.

Father Nuka has left Toledo and returned to the Detroit Zoo where he lived from 2011 to 2022.


  1. Dear Mervi!
    Joy and sorrow are so often close together. We just mourned the death of Imaq, a lively and adorable polar bear girl at Copenhagen Zoo, and today we are happy to see the pictures of the cute little bears from Toledo Zoo in Ohio.
    It’s not easy for me to switch so quickly….

    Anyway, I wish Chrystal and Nuka’s two sweet little bear boys good health and a beautiful and long life!


  2. Dear Anke!

    Joy and sorrow certainly walk hand in hand. That’s why I show the two articles side by side. I thought the sight of Crystal’s babies would make us feel a little better.

  3. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the good news. The kids are sweet. Crystal looks very proud.

    • I am always reminded that in any family the days bring both sad and happy moments. Thank you Mervi for showing us these new cubs.

  4. The baby polarbear boys are showing those irresistible shy glances; however other shots foreshadow they will already soon be up to any mischief they can get into. . . . Just look at this pic with the rose coloured tongue! . . I am wishing them already lots of fun.

    ‘Mama with her babies’ and ‘Mama with one of her babies looking out under her belly’ are even more than “awwwwwww…..!!”

    Thanks for having brought this unclouded joy to us.

  5. Dear Mervi

    Every time I see a polar bear cub like this, I notice that the little white balls of fur are just adorable. Just like this two boys here.
    I wish the family all the best!!


  6. Habt ein schönes Leben,ihr beiden niedlichen kleinen weißen Teddys! 💓💓

    Liebe Grüße von Brigitte

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