Meet the babies: Stockholm’s FIVE new bear cubs make their first public appearance

Five new bear cubs born at Stockholm outdoor museum and zoo Skansen stepped out of their den this week. Here are some of the pictures of their adventures.

Meet the babies: Stockholm's FIVE new bear cubs make their first public appearance
Mother bear Lill Babs with two of her children. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Founded in 1891 on the island of Djurgården, Skansen is one of Stockholm's most famous museums. Its old and well-preserved buildings from several centuries let visitors step back in time in Swedish history.

But one of its main attractions is also the zoo, the brown bears… and the bear cubs.

Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Skansen has, like many other businesses, struggled with the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

It relies on tourism, and after international visitor figures plummeted it raised the alarm last month that it was in the middle of an economic crisis and could go bankrupt before the summer.

Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The support from the public was immense, showing how popular the museum is with people in Sweden. Skansen told local newspaper Mitti that they had managed to raise three million kronor in one weekend, after people flocked online to buy season tickets and souvenirs from the museum's web shop.

“It shows that they believe in the future,” Skansen CEO John Brattmyhr told the Expressen tabloid. “I am touched… happy and touched.”

But Skansen is not completely out of the woods yet, he told Mitti, with weekend visitor numbers having dropped from 20,000 in a normal weekend to around 6,000.

Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Mother bear is called Lill Babs, named after a legendary Swedish singer and artist.

The young ones don't yet have names, but Skansen tradition holds that the litters are named alphabetically. Lill Babs' last babies, born in 2016, were given names that started with a Z, which means that we have now reached the last three letters of the Swedish alphabet: Å, Ä, and Ö. They will use all three in one go, said Skansen.

Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swedish vocabulary

bear – (en) björn

bear cub – (en) björnunge

bear (diminutive) – (en) nalle

mother – (en) mor

mum – (en) mamma

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