Meet Belfast Zoo's newest arrival - Lola the Andean bear cub
Belfast Zoo is celebrating after the first Andean bear cub was born at the Cave Hill site in more than 20 years.
The cub’s dad, Spook, was born in Belfast in 1994 and was joined by female, Alice, in 2010 as part of the European breeding programme.
Zoo curator, Julie Mansell, explained: “We are over the moon with the arrival of the cub. As part of the European breeding programme, we welcomed Alice from South Lakes Wild Animal Park in 2010. We didn’t have high hopes as Alice and Spook initially appeared indifferent to each other. You can therefore imagine our delight when we spotted signs of Alice’s pregnancy last year.
"Andean bears give birth in dens and, here at the zoo, Alice was given the privacy of her own den for the later stages of pregnancy. in February keepers discovered that a cub had arrived safely. Alice has since had her paws full with her bundle of joy, as cubs remain in the den with their mother for the first few months. On May 31 the zoo vet carried out some health checks on the cub and discovered that the latest arrival is a girl and she has since been named Lola."