NZP Receives Polar Bear Cub

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The National Zoological Park receives a six month old female polar bear cub, which had been captured in Alaska by the Fish and Wildlife Service and was flown to Washington by television station WMAL, who conducted a contest to name it. WMAL volunteered to have the cub flown to the Zoo, which was unable to finance the air transportation because of its having to absorb the Wage Board's increase in salaries. Five year old Desha DeVor of Takoma Park, Md. proposed the name "Snowstar," which won her family a trip to Alaska.


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Torch, August 1959, p. 6.

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June, 1959


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