Twin polar bears open their eyes for the first time

Jan. 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM

MUNICH, Germany, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Officials at a German zoo said cameras were rolling to capture the moment when twin newborn polar bears first opened their eyes.

The Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich said the cubs were born a little over a month ago to mother Giovanna in what is believed to be the first polar bear birth recorded on color film, TheLocal.de reported Tuesday.

The bears opened their eyes for the first time Tuesday at the age of 33 days, and the moment was also recorded on video.

The zoo said they are happy with the progress of the polar bears, which have a high risk of death during the first week of life. Officials said the mother and cubs are being kept separate from the zoo's male bear, the father of the newborns, until they are fit and healthy enough to socialize.

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