Five-month old Polar Bear Cub, Mishka has reached the next stage in her development and has made a splash at Sea World as she explores the deep pool at the refurbished Polar Pre-School exhibit.
The grassed area at Polar Pre-School has been removed to make way for the large, deeper pool to allow Liya to teach Mishka how to swim, dive and explore life under the water.
Polar Pre-School is a specially designed area at the world-class Polar Bear Shores exhibit which allows for Mishka to develop her life-skills and explore new environments under the watchful eye of doting mum, Liya.
Polar Bear Shores Supervisor, Tacha Mulligan said Mishka had mastered her swimming skills in the shallow-water pool and is ready to progress to the deeper pool.
“Mishka has been doing really well in the purpose-built shallow wading pool we designed and has displayed a confident swimming ability but it is time for her to hone new swimming skills in the large pool,” she said.
“Since making her public debut, Mishka has been delighting crowds at Sea World with her playful and inquisitive nature and we can’t wait for guests to be able to watch her as she continues her development in the deep pool.
“She is continuing to grow significantly in size and is now weighing roughly 30 kilograms and starting to interact with solid foods including fish, beef and pork.
“I think everyone has fallen in love with Mishka and that’s a great situation for all Polar Bears as she is helping to raise awareness and create empathy for her wild counterparts.
The Polar Bears at Sea World are ambassadors for their species and play a vital role in raising awareness of the effects of global warming. Current research indicates that Polar Bear numbers in the wild are declining, with 20,000 – 25,000 bears remaining worldwide.
The best way to see Mishka is with a Mega Pass which gives unlimited entry to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast and Paradise Country for 12 months.
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