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Adorable Alert: Zoo shares videos of new polar bear cub

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The Columbus Zoo’s newest baby isn’t at all camera shy, and we’re loving it!

Heartwarming footage from inside the private denning area of polar bear mom, Aurora, and her cub offer a glimpse into what is sure to be an exciting and adorable adventure ahead.

Born on Thanksgiving, the energetic cub has been seen taking its first steps, nursing, climbing, cuddling, and receiving a bath from mama. Watch the videos below, and try not to shriek, “Aww!” too loudly.

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Polar Bear Cub Starts to Walk

When you step out of the room and your kid starts to walk…! Aurora’s cub is now 5 weeks old and starting to maneuver around the den. While momma bear was getting a drink of water, the little one took the opportunity to stretch his or her legs! The animal care team says that the cub is big and strong. Baby’s eyes are open and keepers think the newborn has taken after dad, Lee’s, long legs! 💗❄️🐻

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday, January 4, 2020
Polar Bear Cuddles

Happy #NationalCuddleUpDay! Polar bear Aurora and her cub know how to celebrate. 💗❄️🐻💤

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Monday, January 6, 2020
Polar Bear Cub Nursing

Aurora’s cub is figuring out the routine of eating, sleeping, eating, sleeping! Here you can see the little one’s determination to get a drink from mom. The cub is getting bigger every day!

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

No bubbles needed here! Watch Aurora give her cub a bath. 🛁 #NationalBubbleBathDay

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Polar Bear Crawl

Don’t you love it when your little one uses you as a pillow? Aurora’s baby knows how to get comfortable by crawling all over mom while trying to tuck in for a snooze! ❄️🐻 💤

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, January 10, 2020

Yesterday, the zoo posted a video of the mother and baby snuggling, adding that Aurora is doing a “fantastic job taking care of her baby. She is very attentive to her cub and keeps the little one warm with her breath.”

Polar Bear Snuggles

Snuggle Sunday! Polar bear mom, Aurora, is doing a fantastic job taking care of her baby. She is very attentive to her cub and keeps the little one warm with her breath.

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday, January 12, 2020

The zoo has not disclosed the sex of the cub yet, and intends to keep Aurora and her cub behind the scenes in their private denning area until spring.

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Cedar Point, Kings Island are suing to get you back

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It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are allowed to re-open but Cedar Point and Kings Island have been snubbed in Gov. Mike DeWine’s most recent announcement that Ohio’s entertainment venues were allowed to re-open.

After being left out of the party, Cedar Point, Kalahari Resort and Kings Island sued the director of the Ohio Department of Health Thursday, arguing that Dr. Amy Acton doesn’t have the authority to keep the state’s amusement parks and waterparks shut down and in doing so is violating the park’s rights.

The lawsuit was brought by attorney Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law. The county health departments for both parks were also named in the lawsuit.

No word yet from the Ohio Department of Health as to when, or if, either amusement park will be allowed to open in June.

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Updated hours for North Market as first Farmers’ Market of the season opens Saturday

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Get excited Columbus foodies - this Saturday marks the beginning of North Market’s Farmers’ Market season! The Farmers’ Market will tantalize your taste buds every Saturday this summer through October, from 8 a.m. until noon at the North Market outdoor plaza at 59 Spruce Street.

During the coronavirus pandemic, North Market provided customers with fresh pick-up bundles. Now they’ve updated their operating hours to give consumers who want to shop again a chance to pick their own culinary delights.

"The hope is that a gradual reopening will strike a balance between the desire to serve the public and still respect the very real health concerns still shared by merchants, public, and staff," said Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market's executive director, in a press release Thursday.

The updated hours, which will go into effect this Sat., June 6, are as follows:

  • Monday - Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday - Friday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All of those in attendance will have to observe the following guidelines as outlined in a press release by North Market:

  • North Market's mask requirement that applies to indoor merchants and guests will also apply to all outdoor vendors and guests.
  • Access to each farmers' market booth will be limited. Markings on ground will indicate this requirement and will show the distance required between people. Only one person/group traveling together may be in each box at a time.
  • Several farms and vendors will offer contact-free shopping and pre-orders. North Market asks that guests pre-order and plan out shopping trips when possible. This helps keep crowds to a minimum and lines moving smoothly.
  • Farms and vendors will provide hand sanitizer for guest use.
  • North Market farms and vendors are committed to helping prevent the spread of illness by washing hands frequently, covering coughs/sneezes, staying home when sick, and avoiding exposure to others who are sick. We ask that all guests follow the same protocols and do not visit North Market or the Farmers' Market if feeling ill.
  • North Market farms and vendors will continue to strictly follow all local public health guidelines, safety protocols, and best practices.

If you’re interested in which merchants will be open on what days, North Market has been dedicated to providing you with that information during the pandemic. You can find the list, which is updated daily, here.

Although there are still limitations on indoor seating, outdoor seating on the porch and the farmers’ market plaza are currently available.

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Weekend Getaway: Ohio State Park lodges reopen

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Cooped up inside of our homes for the past few months, everyone could use a change of scenery. Luckily for those that love the great outdoors of Ohio, the perfect getaway is now possible once again.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on May 28 that all nine Ohio State Park lodges would be reopened by June 5.

The places where you can escape to are listed below in order of closest proximity to Columbus to furthest:

  • Deer Creek
  • Burr Oak
  • Mohican Lodge
  • Salt Fork Lodge
  • Shawnee 
  • Hueston Woods
  • Maumee Bay
  • Punderson Manor

Director of State Park Lodges Tom Arvan had this to say in the May 28 press release:

“Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that guests return to a safe and sanitized environment following the CDC safety guidelines. Our goal is for our guests to feel comfortable as they enjoy the fun activities and relax in the natural beauty of the lodges and all the state parks have to offer this summer.”

Visit https://www.greatohiolodges.com/ to secure your much-needed wilderness adventure today.

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