Meet our newly-named bear cub, Keematee! Thank you so much to the nearly 200,000 of you who voted to help us name our baby sloth bear. The word "keematee" means precious in Hindi— and our cub certainly exemplifies her new name!
Determining the sex of an infant sloth bear cub isn’t as easy as it sounds. Typically, keepers take a hands-off approach, leaving mom to care for the baby, unless there is a situation that warrants interference. We are happy to announce we can now confirm Keematee is female.
What's in a Name?
When creating the list of names keepers had a lot to consider including choosing names that are not gender-specific, are meaningful and fitting for the cub. With sloth bears being native to the lowland forests of India, and Sri Lanka, the names chosen are from the Hindi language.