Nora the polar bear – level 3

20-09-2023 15:00

Columbus Zoo in Ohio, USA, released a video in a bid to find a young polar bear’s name. The clip shows the baby polar bear’s journey from a tiny seven-day-old infant to a fluffy pup at 3 months old.

The bear became an Internet sensation and the zoo received more than 88,000 votes from fans in 115 countries. The winning name was Nora, which is a name combined from those of both her parents – Nanook and Aurora.

People had to raise Nora by hand after her mother left her alone for prolonged periods of time when she was a newborn.

Difficult words: in a bid (trying), tiny (very small), infant (a baby), fluffy (very soft), prolonged (long).

You can watch the video news lower on this page.

What other efforts did Columbus Zoo take in order to nurture Nora before the voting process began?


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