Phoenix Zoo's Andean bear cub makes public debut - Tucson News Now

Phoenix Zoo's Andean bear cub makes public debut

Andean bear cub, Luka. (Source: Phoenix Zoo) Andean bear cub, Luka. (Source: Phoenix Zoo)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

The Phoenix Zoo's 6-month-old Andean bear cub has make his formal public debut.

Tuesday was the official coming out party for Luka, although he's been exploring his outdoor habitat for the past week or so, said Linda Hardwick of the Phoenix Zoo.

Luka will be living at the Andean bear exhibit at the Phoenix Zoo, and a small kiddie pool filled with ice will be waiting for him, Hardwick said.

Luka likes to climb, which is a trait common for Andean bears that live among the trees in the Andes mountains of South America.

The Phoenix Zoo's bear habitat has been closed since January, when Luka's mother, Rio, gave birth to him.

Luka and Rio stayed indoors for months as keepers waited for signals from the mother that she was ready for her cub to move outside.

At a little older than 6 months now, Luka weighs about 25 pounds.

If he's a typical male Andean bear, he will top out around 250 pounds.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • breaking

    Tucson police asking for help locating missing endangered teen

    Tucson police asking for help locating missing endangered teen

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 12:53 AM EDT2017-03-29 04:53:33 GMT

    The Tucson Police Department is asking for the public's help locating 17-year-old Anthony Garcia. The teen is described as Hispanic, 5'10" tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Although he is in his late teens, according to the release, he has special needs and functions at a much younger age.  

    The Tucson Police Department is asking for the public's help locating 17-year-old Anthony Garcia. The teen is described as Hispanic, 5'10" tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Although he is in his late teens, according to the release, he has special needs and functions at a much younger age.  

  • breaking

    Interim Superintendent appointed for TUSD

    Interim Superintendent appointed for TUSD

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-03-29 04:17:50 GMT
    Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, interim Superintendent for Tucson Unified School District. (Source: Tucson News Now)Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, interim Superintendent for Tucson Unified School District. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    This appointment is effective immediately, according to a TUSD tweet.  

    This appointment is effective immediately, according to a TUSD tweet.  

  • Human smuggling attempts stopped at border checkpoints

    Human smuggling attempts stopped at border checkpoints

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-03-29 03:57:39 GMT
    Agents discovered a Mexican national in the trunk of a smuggling vehicle at the traffic checkpoint near Amado, AZ. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)Agents discovered a Mexican national in the trunk of a smuggling vehicle at the traffic checkpoint near Amado, AZ. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

    Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents recently stopped a human-smuggling attempt at the immigration checkpoint near Amado and another one during a vehicle stop near Three Points.  

    Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents recently stopped a human-smuggling attempt at the immigration checkpoint near Amado and another one during a vehicle stop near Three Points.  

Powered by Frankly