Help name the North Carolina Zoo's newly adopted polar bear

- The North Carolina Zoo wants your help deciding on a name for a new wild polar bear they've adopted. 

The female polar bear is living in the Western Hudson Bay area of Canada with her two cubs-- a boy and a girl. The zoo, located in Asheboro, adopted her through Polar Bears International (PBI). 

Every fall, PBI fits up to ten female polar bears with GPS collars to continually track their movements. The collaring program allows the organization to collect a detailed data set on the polar bears annually. 

The North Carolina Zoo’s bear is Polar Bear ID X33805. Her tracker is updated once a week, usually on Mondays, from October to July. 

 The names to vote on were chosen by zookeepers and are based on Inuit and Native American names, and North Carolina themes. The name options are:

Yura – Inuit for ‘one who is beautiful’

Sakari – Native American for “sweet’

Carolina - for our home state

Tapeesa– Inuit for ‘Arctic flower’

Hope – for hope for the polar bears’ future

The voting opened at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and will close Monday, Nov. 19 at 4:00 p.m. You can vote at nczoo.org. or on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

The name of the polar bear will be announced on Nov. 20., and you can track the NC Zoo polar bear here.

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