Monday, August 21, 2017

Yekaterinburg Zoo's polar bear Umka turns eight

On Sunday, the Yekaterinburg Zoo's polar bear Umka celebrated his eighth birthday with a feast of his favorite foods and a day of games and competitions for visitors.

Umka is a public favorite and is estimated to have been born in 1996, a figure based on the time at which the bear was found without a mother, Ekburg.ru reports.

Villagers from Cape Schmidt saved the bear, who at the time was believed to have been about nine months old. In April 1998 the bear was brought to the Yekaterinburg Zoo from Chukotka where he was immediately placed in a separate enclosure.