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Your morning adorable: Brown bear cubs

Brown bear cubs

Cubs Aris, Artemis and Ariadne were born in late December at the Attica Zoological Park near Athens, Greece.  They're Eurasian brown bears, a subspecies that can trace its history to the days when they were made to fight in arenas in ancient Rome.  (While all three cubs' names are significant ones in Greek mythology, Artemis is especially appropriate because the mythological Artemis was the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals.)

The Attica zoo began as a bird park, gradually expanding to include other animals as well.  Birds are still its main stock-in-trade, however, and today it has the third largest collection of birds in the world.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Orestis Panagiotou / EPA

 
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