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Phoenix Zoo announces name for Andean bear cub

PHOENIX — The Andean bear cub at the Phoenix Zoo has a new name: Luka.

According to a release from the zoo, the name, which means “light,” was chosen by a popular vote on various social media outlets.

Zoo officials said Luka is not yet ready for his public debut, but they plan on scheduling viewing times as soon as possible.

Luka enjoys playing in trees and is an excellent climber.

Rio has given birth to three cubs in the past, but none made it past seven days old. Andean bears have about a 40 percent mortality rate for cubs.

Luka is one of just a few Andean bears born in North American captivity, as only Rio and a bear in Washington, D.C. have given birth.

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