COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is saying goodbye to its polar bear cub.
Before her first birthday, Nora will move to the Oregon Zoo. The last day to see her in Columbus is Sept. 5.
The Columbus Zoo made the announcement on Wednesday, saying her transfer was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.
Recently, zookeepers saw other adult polar bears mating at the zoo. According to the Columbus Zoo, female polar bears need a quiet environment to reproduce, which would not be possible with the young polar bear in the habitat.
“Our staff, volunteers and fans will miss her, but we know she will continue inspiring visitors to learn about polar bears. Thank you for following Nora’s journey and we look forward to her continued growth at her new home,” the zoo posted on Facebook.
In Portland, Nora will be placed with another female polar bear named Tasul, who lost her brother.
Nora was born on Nov. 6 and was hand-reared by zoo staff after her mother started leaving her alone for long periods of time.