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Hudson the Polar Bear

Hudson the Polar BearHudson enjoying the snow!

Hudson the polar bear arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo at the end of January 2013 and made his public debut a few weeks later on Valentine's Day. With his playful antics and curious nature, Hudson has become one of the Zoo's stars!

Hudson's Story

On October 11, 2011, Aurora, one of Toronto’s Zoo's two 10-year old female polar bears, gave birth to three cubs, fathered by Inukshuk. Tragically, the new mother rejected the cubs shortly after birth, upon which time Toronto Zoo staff quickly intervened and rescued the two surviving cubs. Less than 24 hours later, one cub sadly succumbed to injuries sustained, leaving one male cub surviving. This little newborn cub weathered through some close calls, however born with a healthy appetite and a strong sense of will, this little bear demonstrated a consistent growth and was moved to his own exhibit.

Ready to proceed with their polar bear breeding efforts, the Toronto Zoo needed to find a new home for Hudson. Assiniboine Park Zoo, home to The International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC), which focuses on Research & Conservation of Polar Bears and other arctic species, was thrilled to have Hudson as the founding member in the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s polar bear breeding program.

All About Hudson

Hudson - 5 months oldHudson - 5 months old

October 11, 2011


The Toronto Zoo

Hudson’s mother is Aurora who resides at the Toronto Zoo. Hudson’s father is Inukshuk who visits for the Toronto Zoo for breeding purposes.

410 lbs (January 2013)

Hudson got his name through the 'Name the Polar Bear Cub Contest' presented by the Toronto Zoo and Coca Cola and consisted of name suggestions entered online or at the Zoo's Facebook page from February 3 to March 16, 2012. Then from March 17 to 28, 2012, participants voted online for one of the top five names. Once the votes were tallied, "Hudson" emerged as the most popular name and was announced to public on March 31, 2012.

Hudson could be found gallivanting around his enclosure, and entertaining Zoo guests with his hilarious antics. He loves be center of attention!

The Assiniboine Park Zoo’s carnivore diet includes jumbo smelt and herring, carrots, Vitamin E and Thiamine supplements.

Hudson enjoys icy snacks filled with fish or vegetables, rolling around in snow or mud and entertaining Zoo guests.

Fun facts about baby Hudson’s “firsts”

Hudson - 77 days oldHudson - 77 days old
  • When Hudson was only two weeks old, his skin colour began to change from pink to black and his pink nose and feet also started to turn black.
  • When Hudson was one month old, his eyes and ears finally opened and he began to respond to both his environment and the people that cared for him.
  • At about 40 days, Hudson began teething and to the delight of his care givers, very quickly showed his ability to use them!
  • When Hudson was three months old, he began to walk. He took his time to take his first steps but once up on all fours, he demonstrated increased strength and coordination with each day that passed.

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