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Andean bear at Phoenix Zoo gives birth to cub

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Example of an Andean Bear at Binghamton Zoo. By Alex Erde (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_1988) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Example of an Andean Bear at Binghamton Zoo. By Alex Erde (originally posted to Flickr as IMG_1988) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

PHOENIX (AP) - An Andean bear at the Phoenix Zoo has given birth to a cub.

The zoo says a 17-year-old bear named Rio delivered the cub on Jan. 3.

The mother bear and cub appear to be doing well and are in a maternity den where they can bond in a quiet environment.

The South American species has a high mortality rate.

Rio had given birth to three cubs in the past, but those cubs died within about a week.

The newborn cub hasn't yet been named.

Its sex hasn't yet been determined because only one person at the zoo has actually seen the cub.

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