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Columbus Zoo Gives Names To Polar Bear Cubs

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Grahm S. Jones
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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Three polar bear cubs born to two different mothers at the Columbus Zoo last year now have names.

The zoo looked to the public for help in naming Anana's female cub, which was born Nov. 8. Amelia Gray emerged as the winner in the worldwide contest.

Zoo staff chose the names for Aurora's twin cubs born Nov. 14. The female cub is named Neva, meaning white snow, and the male is Nuniq, after the cubs' late father.

Nanuq fathered five surviving offspring as part of a conservation effort at the zoo. He was euthanized in April after veterinarians determined he had liver cancer and few options for treatment.