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Smiling polar bear cub debuts at western NY zoo

Monday - 3/4/2013, 6:26am  ET

A three-month-old polar bear cub plays around with her keeper as she is introduced to members of the media during an event to launch the "Our Bears Belong in Buffalo" fundraising campaign at the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee) TV OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT; DUNKIRK OBSERVER OUT; JAMESTOWN POST-JOURNAL OUT; LOCKPORT UNION-SUN JOURNAL OUT; NIAGARA GAZETTE OUT; OLEAN TIMES-HERALD OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUT
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A smiling, playful 3-month-old polar bear cub has made its public debut at the Buffalo Zoo in western New York.

The fluffy white cub was introduced Friday as the zoo announced the next phase of fundraising for a new $18 million polar bear exhibit. About $4 million is still needed.

The Buffalo Zoo says it's one of only two zoos in North America to have polar bear births in 2012.

The cub is still too small to exhibit but she's visible via closed-circuit television at the zoo on weekday afternoons.


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