The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is getting a new addition. Henry, a two-year-old bear is making the trip from Sea World in Australia in October. Manager at the Habitat, Karen Cummings, says they are taking him in because when cubs are of a certain age, the mother doesn’t want them around. She says that happens in the wild, and they try to mimic the behaviour of wild bears as much as possible. Henry can’t stay on the same property as his mother because polar bears have such a keen sense of smell that she will know he is there even if they are in different enclosures.

Henry is already 700 lbs, and Cummings is estimating he could get as big as 1,000 lbs. He is coming to Cochrane because of the size of their habitat, and because of our natural environment. She is hoping Henry and Ganuk, their current five-year-old bear, will get along so they can live together.

Photo: Supplied by the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

Photo: Supplied by the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat