Andean Bear Cubs Spectacled, Adorable – and Named

The National Zoo's Andean bear cubs venture outside for the first time.

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One of the National Zoo's Andean bear cub, Bernardo, is able to relax now that he's got a name. Good work, kiddo!
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The National Zoo held an online poll, asking the public to name its male and female Andean bear cubs. The winners: Chaska (pronounced Chas'-kuh) for the female and Bernardo for the male, pictured here.
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Chaska looks like she's OK with her new name.
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The Andean bear exhibit will be open to the public on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Saturday, May 22.
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The cubs enjoy chasing each other and wrestling. The zookeepers say the cubs seem to love showing off for them.
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National Zoo director Dennis Kelly (center), along with Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Peru, Mr. Fernando Quiros (left), and the Charge D’Affairs from the Embassy of Venezuela, Dr. Angelo Rivero–Santos (right), announced the names in a special naming ceremony Wednesday, May 19 at the Zoo.
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Bernardo "poses" with his mother, Billie Jean. Bernardo and his sister were born in January 2010 and ventured outside with their mama for the first time on April 30.
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National Zoo director Dennis Kelly (center), along with Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Peru, Mr. Fernando Quiros (left), and the Charge D’Affairs from the Embassy of Venezuela, Dr. Angelo Rivero–Santos (right), announced the names in a special naming ceremony Wednesday, May 19 at the Zoo.
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On their first trip outside, the cubs explored the yard, climbed and fell off walls. Sounds like a good time.
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They went back inside after an hour and a half when keepers called their mother, Billie Jean, and they followed.
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They also saw their father (in the adjacent yard) for the first time.
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