Ohio polar bear prepares for move to Oregon Zoo

Nora drew big crowds for her final appearance at the Columbus Zoo

Nora the polar bear will join the Oregon Zoo in fall 2016. (Courtesy of the Columbus Zoo)

POWELL, Ohio (AP) – A polar bear cub hand-reared by staff has drawn big crowds at an Ohio zoo during her final public appearances before moving to the Oregon Zoo.

Thousands of people lined up Monday to see Nora’s farewell at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the women who have cared for Nora laughed and cried as the 10-month-old, 170-pound bear splashed in the water.

Soon she’ll be shipped to Portland, where she’ll join a female bear named Tasul (TAWS’-uhl). Nora is expected to make her debut there in October.

Zoo staff raised the cub after her mother started leaving her unattended. Officials say her move to Oregon was approved to create a better environment for more cubs to be born at the Columbus zoo if other bears become pregnant.

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