The National Zoo workers decided to take the newborn from its mother after she ate her two other sickly babies. The keepers have nurtured it back to health.
Keepers are hand-raising this female sloth bear, seen March 18, 2014, at the National Zoo. The mother, Khali, gave birth to three cubs Dec. 29. She ate two of the cubs — it’s not uncommon for carnivores to ingest stillborn cubs or live cubs if they or the mother are compromised in some way. The keepers decided to hand-raise the surviving cub, which was sick. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post