ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Zoo has adopted a wild polar bear and held a public naming contest.  

The winning name is “Yura,” which is Inuit for “one who is beautiful.”

Among the other choices on the online public poll were “Tapeesa,” which means “Arctic flower'”, “Carolina,” ”Hope” and “Sakari,” which means “sweet.”

A news release on its webpage Nov. 14 said the zoo, through the Polar Bears International conservation program, has adopted a wild mother polar bear who lives with her two cubs in the western Hudson Bay area of Canada.

The zoo is already home to a breeding pair of polar bears.

Follow the movements of Yura and her two cubs in the wild online at Yura’s tracker ID is X33805. Learn more at

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Photo via North Carolina Zoo.

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