A sloth bear cub was born at the zoo on Dec. 11 — the first healthy sloth bear born at the Philadelphia Zoo since 1997.
This is the first successful birth for parents Kayla and Bhalu. The cub had a sibling, but it died shortly after birth. Last year, Kayla also gave birth to a cub, but it died shortly thereafter.
The sloth bear population is considered vulnerable, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as populations have continued to decline dramatically in recent decades due to habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and poaching.