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Watch a baby polar bear take its first steps outside

Nanook lives at the zoological gardens in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

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The little polar bear baby Nanook makes the first steps with her mother outside their cave (Martin Meissner/AP)

The little polar bear baby Nanook makes the first steps with her mother outside their cave (Martin Meissner/AP)

The little polar bear baby Nanook makes the first steps with her mother outside their cave (Martin Meissner/AP)

An 18-week-old polar bear has been spotted outside for the first time at a German zoo.

Nanook explored her enclosure at the Zoom Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen with her mother, Lara, this weekend. She had been living inside since the day she was born – December 4.

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(Martin Meissner/AP)

(Martin Meissner/AP)

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(Martin Meissner/AP)

The lovely little bear spent a few minutes outside, running around on the grass and even taking a dip in the pool.

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( Martin Meissner/AP)

( Martin Meissner/AP)

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( Martin Meissner/AP)

Nanook, meaning polar bear in the Inuit language, was named after a public vote. Other names considered were Mathilda, Lenja, Lore and Baerbe.

Mayor of Gelsenkirchen Frank Baranowski revealed the public’s name choice to those gathered around the enclosure.

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