People who want to see the Oregon Zoo's cute polar bear cub better hurry, she's hitting the road in September.
Nora, the cub born in November 2015 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, will head east to Utah's Hogle Zoo next month. The last day to see her in Oregon will be Sunday, Sept. 10.
"It's been so rewarding to watch Nora grow over the past year," said curator Amy Cutting, who oversees the Oregon Zoo's marine life area. "She's made a lot of progress and inspired a lot of people here in the Northwest and, through social media, all around the world. We hope everyone has a chance to come see her before she embarks on this important next step in her life."
In Utah, Nora's caregivers plan to introduce her to Hope, who is moving from the Toledo Zoo and is about the same age. "As hard as it is for us to say goodbye, this is a great move for Nora and we are really excited for her," Cutting said. "For a young bear that was hand-raised, the companionship of another bear will be so important for developing social skills."
Nora was born Nov. 6, 2015. When her mother left her unattended in the den, Columbus caregivers stepped in and raised the tiny cub. She came to the Oregon Zoo in September 2016.
The Oregon Zoo couldn't bring Hope to Portland because it plans to construct a new Polar Passage habitat, which would disrupt the young polar bear's life. The new habitat will open in 2020 and provide bears with more open terrain. It is one of eight big projects funded by the voter-approved 2008 zoo bond measure.