Adorable polar bear makes her debut at zoo

Polar bear cub Nanook and her mother were captured exploring their enclosure for the first time at the Zoom Erlebniswelt zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Friday.

Friedemann Vogel EPA via ShutterstockPolar bear cub Nanook explores her enclosure at the Zoom ‘Erlebniswelt’ Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, April 13, 2018.

In the photos, the mama bear can be seen with her cub, who was born on Dec. 4.

Lara herself was also a December baby, born on Dec. 1, 2004, in Vienna. She later moved to her current home in 2005, according to the zoo.

Friedemann Vogel EPA via ShutterstockPolar bear cub Nanook and her mother Lara explores their enclosure at the Zoom ‘Erlebniswelt’ Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, April 13, 2018.

The polar bear is listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened species, due to a significant loss of Arctic Sea ice from climate change. The IUCN estimates there are 22,000 to 31,000 polar bears worldwide. There are 19 distinct subpopulations of polar bears that live throughout the ice-covered waters of the circumpolar Arctic, though a majority live in Canada.

Friedemann Vogel EPA via ShutterstockPolar bear cub Nanook and her mother Lara swim in their enclosure at the Zoom ‘Erlebniswelt’ Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, April 13, 2018.

A study published in the December 2016 issue of the scientific journal Biology Letters predicts that global polar bear populations could decline by almost a third by 2050.

Rolf Vennenbernd/AFP/Getty ImagesPolar bear cub Nanook and her mother Lara swim in their pool at the enclosure at the Zoom ‘Erlebniswelt’ Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, April 13, 2018.

Friedemann Vogel EPA via ShutterstockPolar bear cub Nanook and her mother Lara swim in their enclosure at the Zoom ‘Erlebniswelt’ Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, April 13, 2018.

Rolf Vennenbernd/AFP/Getty ImagesPolar bear cub Nanook looks through a window during her first open air outing at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, April 13, 2018.

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