National Zoo’s Sloth Bear Cub Gets a Name: Hank

The National Zoo's sloth bear cub is having fun with his mom in a den near the Asia Trail exhibit. On May 3, zoo officials announced online voters chose a name for him: Hank.

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The National Zoo's sloth bear cub is having fun with his mom in a den near the Asia Trail exhibit. On May 3, zoo officials announced online voters chose a name for him: Hank.
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Hank's name is a nod to his parents, Hana and Francois (nicknamed “Frank”).
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The four-month-old cub is viewable via the zoo's online Sloth Bear Cub Cam
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Hank was born Dec. 19, 2012. The zoo told webcam viewers: "...[Y]ou may hear the cub nursing (a trilling sound that sounds a bit like a motor that won't start), or squealing and squawking."
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Sloth bear cubs stay with their mother for two or three years, the zoo says.
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Mothers often carry their cubs on their backs; the cubs can hold onto their mothers' long, shaggy fur, the zoo says.
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Thirsty?
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No, wait. Hungry.
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The sloth bear family will make their public debut sometime in the summer.
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