The two bears, Amelia Gray and Neva, came from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Ohio. Members of the Columbus Zoo animal care team traveled with the bears and will remain in the city for a few days to help them settle in.
Amelia Gray, Neva, and Neva's twin brother Nuniq, were the only polar bear cubs born at a North American zoo in 2016, the Maryland Zoo said. Ameila Gray was born Nov. 8, 2016 to first-time mother Anana. Neva and Nuniq were born Nov. 14, 2016.
The three cubs were not raised together, but they were able to view each other, which will help their introductions at the Maryland Zoo. Female polar bears typically raise their young on their own.
“At the moment, we do not know when Neva and Amelia Gray will make their first public appearance at The Maryland Zoo,” said Erin Cantwell, mammal collection and conservation manager at the Maryland Zoo. “They are currently living behind-the-scenes at Polar Bear Watch while in mandatory quarantine. During quarantine they will be introduced to their new home, new animal care team and veterinary staff, and to each other. It can be challenging to introduce young polar bears to one another; however we anticipate a very smooth transition with the help of the team from the Columbus Zoo.”