On Monday, 9 December 2013 polar bear, Giovanna, gave birth to two babies at Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo. The colour footage from surveillance cameras showed both births at close range – a global sensation.
The first polar bear cubs of 2013 in Europe were born at Hellabrunn. Seven-year-old Giovanna and 14-year-old Yogi are the twins’ parents. Both births were seen via the cameras installed in the birthing den and the connecting corridor to the main den on Monday, 9 December at 08:39 and 09:43 respectively. This is remarkable on two counts: for both births Giovanna positioned herself so that she was directly in the cameras’ field of view in the best place to film the births and secondly, this is the first time that a polar bear birth has been filmed in colour worldwide. Learn more and see more pictures & videos ->