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Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

On January 9, 2006, the Zoo's female sloth bear, Hana, gave birth to a male cub. He is named Balawat (pronounced ba-la-VHAT), which means power or powerful in the Sri Lankan language Sinhalese. In spring 2009, he joined a female sloth bear at another zoo.

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