IDAHO FALLS — The new sloth bear cubs at the Tautphaus Park Zoo are on their way to becoming a popular attraction at the facility.

    However, they are not quite ready for their public debut yet.

     “We’ve restricted access to the bear building and are allowing only key personnel inside. We want to make sure mom and cubs have as little disturbance as possible so as not to put any undue stress on them. We know everyone is anxious to see our new cubs,” said Zoo Superintendent Beth Rich in a news release. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding about giving mom and cubs plenty of peace and quiet in these critical first weeks of life.”

    The cubs were born on Nov. 29, 2012.

    At their last check-up on Dec. 20, the male cub weighed 1698 grams, or 3.7 pounds, and the female cub weighed 1318 grams, or 2.8 pounds.  

    “Their bellies are full, they are well hydrated, and they are very vocal,” Rich said. “At three weeks of age, they are hitting their first developmental milestone — their eyes are just starting to open.”

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