Jan 25, 2013 6:01 AM by Swetha Iyengar

Andean bear at Phoenix Zoo gives birth to cub

PHOENIX (AP) - An Andean bear at the Phoenix Zoo has given birth to a cub.

The zoo says a 17-year-old bear named Rio delivered the cub on Jan. 3.

The mother bear and cub appear to be doing well and are in a maternity den where they can bond in a quiet environment.

The South American species has a high mortality rate.

Rio had given birth to three cubs in the past, but those cubs died within about a week.

The newborn cub hasn't yet been named.

Its sex hasn't yet been determined because only one person at the zoo has actually seen the cub.


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