- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says two polar bear cubs born there over the weekend have died.

Zoo spokeswoman Patty Peters says both cubs likely died on Saturday, the day they were born to Aurora. Staff observed the births while monitoring the mother’s activity from a camera.

The zoo said Monday the first birth, recorded at 5 a.m., appeared to be stillborn. A second cub was born about two hours later, but apparently died that afternoon.

The cubs were 7-year-old Aurora’s first babies. She and her twin sister Anana have mated with the zoo’s 27-year-old male polar bear, Nanuq.

Zoo curator Carrie Pratt says the births were a major step in the zoo’s breeding program, as staff now know Aurora can reproduce.

Peters says it’s also possible Anana is pregnant.

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