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Your morning adorable: Rescued brown bear cubs play at the Bronx Zoo

January 29, 2010 | 12:00 pm

Brown bear cubs

For the newest residents of the Bronx Zoo, New York is a long way from home. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the zoo, recently took in four bear cubs -- three brown bears, all siblings, and one grizzly -- whose mothers were killed by humans in Alaska and Montana.

The three brown bear cubs (two of them are shown above) were rescued by Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials and housed temporarily at a bear rescue facility in the Alaskan town of Sitka. (In honor of their short-term home, one of the cubs, a female, was given the name Sitka. The other cubs, both males, are named Kootz and Denali.) The grizzly cub, a male, was rescued in Montana and is named Glacier after his birthplace, Glacier National Park.

All four are housed together and are "healthy and adjusting well to their new surroundings," according to zoo director Jim Breheny.

-- Lindsay Barnett

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Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher / Associated Press

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