Berlin zoo unveils name of latest polar bear cub
The polar bear cub Hertha runs in her enclosure, after the announcing of her name, at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The Berlin soccer club is the sponsor of the bear and decide for the name of the animal, who was born Dec. 1, 2018 at the Tierpark. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 2, 2019 10:16AM EDT
BERLIN - It's Hertha.
Berlin's Tierpark zoo has unveiled the much-anticipated name of its new star attraction, a four-month-old polar bear cub.
Hertha, born on Dec. 1, is named after the German capital's eponymous top league soccer club, which is sponsoring the animal.
The club's mascot - a brown bear - presented a ball bearing with the cub's name at the zoo Tuesday. Then mother, Tonja, and daughter gamboled into the enclosure to the delight of the assembled photographers.
Hertha played ball for the cameras, literally, before accidentally kicking it into the deep end of the moat. In a display of motherly love, Tonja retrieved the ball.
Berlin's last celebrity polar bear, Knut, died prematurely from illness in 2011 at age 4. Several cubs born since failed to reach maturity.