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The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo needs your help in naming this adorable female sloth bear

Posted: 10:19 AM, May 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-13 10:19:43-04
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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced Monday that the sloth bear cub born in January is a girl, and the zoo needs your help in giving her a name.

Veterinary teams determined the cub was a girl during a recent check up.

The female cub, born to mom, Shiva, and dad, Balawat, is the first sloth bear born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 30 years.

The public can cast their vote at the sloth bear habitat at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo or online with a donation to the zoo.

Each of the names chosen by the zoo are unique to sloth bears' native India.

• Lali: meaning darling
• Nisha: meaning night
• Shala: an homage to mom, Shiva, and dad, Balawat

The cub's name will be selected based on the name with the highest number of votes. Guests can cast their vote through midnight on May 27.

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