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  Polar bear tricked into adopting cub
Updated 29 October 2001, 14.46
The three happy polar bears
A team of experts in Canada have managed to trick a polar bear into adopting a cub for the first time ever.

The nine-month-old male cub had been abandoned and needed a new mum.

Fact File
Bear facts
Polar bears usually have 2 cubs
In the wild they live to 15-18 years
Cubs drink mum's milk for 20 months
They clean themselves with snow
They're more active during the night

Normally in the wild, an abandoned bear would be rejected or even killed by other adults.

Vapour rub

But the team of experts from the UK-based Born Free Foundation and the Manitoba Conservation group managed to hide the cub's scent using a vapour rub, normally used for colds.

Then they put the cub with the mum and another young female bear.

This meant the mum couldn't smell any strange scents on the cub, so assumed it was hers.

All three were then released into the wild where they were spotted playing happily.

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