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Polar boy or girl? Columbus Zoo reveals gender of baby bear

Regina Fox



At only 8 weeks old, the new polar bear at the Columbus Zoo has already stolen the hearts of animal lovers far and wide. Now, we’ve got even more news you can “Oh!” and “Aw!” over.

North America/Polar Frontier Zookeepers Devon Sabo and Ellie Shriver shared an update via Facebook regarding the cub’s gender.

“I am very confident in telling you that we have…a little boy!” said Shriver excitedly.”


The zookeepers shared some additional tidbits regarding the bear’s development, including him fully opening his eyes.

“It’s getting to the cutest stage right now,” said Shriver.

Polar Bear Cub Update: Boy or Girl?

Boy or girl? Watch today's polar bear cub update from keepers Devon and Ellie to find out!❄️🐻

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

He is also making more controlled body movements and taking more coordinated steps. The Zookeepers believe they observed him teething, too.

The cub’s growing strength is demonstrated through his new ability to nurse from his mother, Aurora, while she sits. He also has become much more playful with her in the past few weeks.

“They’re doing really wonderful,” shared Sabo.

Aurora will continue to bond and teach her yet-to-be-named cub for the next several weeks before they emerge from their private denning area.

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Tastebud Traveling: Free tasting event coming to North Market

614now Staff



Take a family tastebud trip with the return of Kalamata’s Kitchen Tasting Tour at the North Market this weekend.

Kalamata’s Kitchen will kick off a 12-month, 12-city tasting tour in Columbus on Saturday, February 22. This premier event for kids and families will feature tasty bites from North Market vendors representing food from around the world.

According to a release, every child participant is treated like a VIP as they discover new foods and learn about unique perspectives from celebrated chefs. Kids receive a VIP badge and a Food Adventure Passport that is stamped each time they try a new food. They will also have the opportunity to meet Sarah Thomas, co-founder and author of the Kalamata’s Kitchen book series.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Ohio Plans Statewide St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Polls

Linda Lee Baird



You may be so busy making St. Patrick’s Day plans that you’ve forgotten another important event happening on Tuesday, March 17. That’s right: it’s the Ohio primary!

You have until Tuesday, February 18 to register to vote or update your registration in time to vote in the primary. The state has made it very easy for you to register right now, from wherever you’re sitting, without having to go anywhere on this snowy day. Just grab your ID, and click here

Then make a plan to vote on March 17, and reward yourself with a green beer afterwards. Sláinte! 

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“Different kind of luxury,” offered at The Mohicans newest treehouse

614now Staff



From the open road to the campground, Airstream's iconic, Ohio-built trailers are among the most stylish camper options on the market.

Now, The Mohicans Treehouse Resort and Wedding Venue wants you to enjoy the Airstream experience like you've never seen it before—25 feet off the ground.

Built from a 31-foot re-purposed 1978 Airstream trailer, the "Silver Bullet" is the latest in the resort's lineup of luxurious treetop cabins. Equipped with black walnut flooring, recycled barn siding walls, indoor and outdoor showers, a skylight and a sauna, this cabin mixes the old with the new by blending vintage materials with the aluminum details of the classic aerodynamic trailer. 

"This is something I've thought about doing for a long time," The Mohicans owner Kevin Mooney said in a statement. "A few years ago, Airstreams were considered the ultimate in camping luxury. My other treehouses were built with luxury features, like hardwood walls and trim, black walnut flooring, cherry ceilings, ornate windows and quality furnishings. The Airstream offers a different kind of luxury."

Those interested in reserving this or one of The Mohicans other spaces can contact (740) 599-9030 or [email protected] for pricing and availability.

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