|Three cubs born to the Toronto Zoo's polar bear Aurora — seen here with Nakita — have died. (SUN FILE PHOTO)
TORONTO -- The Toronto Zoo is mourning the loss of three polar bear cubs.
Zoo officials announced late Monday the cubs -- one female and two males -- were born last Thursday to Aurora, an 11-year-old polar bear, but died in the days after the birth.
Aurora is the same polar bear that gave birth to three cubs last year and violently rejected the litter, killing two of the cubs, leaving ne lone survivor, Hudson.
In this latest litter, one male cub died shortly after Thursday's birth while the two remaining cubs were "being mothered, nurtured and nursed by Aurora," zoo officials said in a press release.
"All was going well (with the two cubs)," they stated. "Despite this, and 24/7 monitoring of the den, on Sunday ... it was determined that the two remaining cubs had died during the night."