Berlin's Tierpark Zoo has finally chosen a name for its new polar bear cub after receiving more than 5000 suggestions.
Zoos are something that continue to divide animals lovers. Many see them as places where people can pay money to go and gawk at animals they wouldn't otherwise see in the flesh. Establishments which showcase creatures which have been plucked from their natural habitat for the benefit of our entertainment. In some parts of the world that is sadly very true.
In other countries, zoos are places in which animals are looked after and preserved. Species that if left to fend for themselves in the wild they would no longer exist. The fact that people can view them for their own entertainment is just an added extra. Admittedly the biggest reason why some of these species are endangered is due to the actions of humankind, but at least some of us are trying to counteract that.
The beautiful polar bear is one of those species which is in danger of disappearing completely. Seeing polar bears in captivity can be particularly difficult since it is almost impossible to replicate their natural habitat. There are some zoos in which they are making the most of it though, such as Tierpark Zoo in Berlin. In fact, Tierpark is currently boasting a brand new polar bear cub.
Well, not brand new. The cub is now three months old but up until recently didn't have a name, reports news24. That has all changed now. After receiving more than 5300 suggestions, the zoo has finally decided on a name. Hertha, after the German capital's top soccer team. As you can see in the clip above, Hertha is already honing its soccer skills.
Hertha will bear more than just the soccer club's name. Hertha Berlin will actually financially support the cub as it grows into a fully grown polar bear. Pretty cool, and even though we don't know the other suggestions, nor do we want to wade through the 5300 entries, we think Hertha is the most fitting.