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In this Monday, March 16 picture Pagi, right, a female Bornean sun bear cub whose name means “morning” in a Malayan dialect, licks her brother, Palu, who is named after a valley in Borneo, as they made their public debut at the San Diego Zoo. (AP/ San Diego Zoo)
Endangered Bornean sun bear cubs make public debut at San Diego Zoo
Associated Press Last update: March 16, 2009 - 8:38 PM
Last update: March 16, 2009 - 8:38 PM
SAN DIEGO - Two endangered Bornean sun bear cubs have been introduced at the San Diego Zoo. The twin cubs were born at the zoo on Oct. 25 and made their public debut on Monday. The zoo's lead keeper Lisa Bryant says the cubs spent the day exploring their habitat, including scaling the exhibit's climbing structures. Bryant says Bornean sun bears are affectionately called "monkey bears" because they are the most arboreal bear species. Bryant says the male is more reserved and his sister is more outgoing and curious. The sun bear is the smallest of the world's eight bear species, about half the size of the American black bear, according to the zoo's Web site.