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Twin polar bear cubs at Munich zoo named Nela and Nobby

The cubs were born late last year, introduced to the world last month and, on Monday, were given names by their godparents. And as the photos above of the cubs frolicking in their play area will attest, they are beyond cute.

According to CBS News, they were named Nela and Nobby, in keeping with a rule that all animals born at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, during 2013 must be given names beginning with the letter 'n.' The twins were born on Dec. 9, 2013, HuffPost Canada reports, and their births were captured on video so zoo employees could watch the momentous occasion from the birthing den.

The cubs' names were chosen by their godparents, the Daily Mail reports, and though they were born some four months ago, were just named Monday because their godparents took time to deliberate over the monikers. According to the Daily Mail, Nobby is named after his godfather, famed wildlife photographer Norbert Rosing. When little Nobby grows up, he'll be called Norbert. Meanwhile, Emanuel Clemm, the owner of a coffee company, chose the name Nela as a tribute to his late aunt Cornelia.

The adorable twins live with their mother, Giovanna, seen playing with them in the above slideshow. But the trio lives separately from the cubs' father, Yogi, who was temporarily relocated to another zoo, the AP reported last month.

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allnwht4 April 07 2014 at 5:30 PM

Too cute

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Debbie April 08 2014 at 1:24 AM

Well they were white...they sure know how to get dirty fast....just like all kids. LOL There adorable

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vigneshravi1 April 08 2014 at 3:33 AM

Beautiful little cubs!! :)

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Per Bailey April 08 2014 at 9:16 AM

Some good reading anent Ursus maritimus...Peter Freuchen's Arctic Adventure is a blast, David's Lords of the Artic, Stefansson's The Friendly Artic, Lopez's Artic Dreams, Wilkinson's Land of the Long day, there are many, and one I found informative, exciting was Charles T. Feazel's WHITE BEAR! Feazel is a geologist with a Ph.D. and a veteran of many arctic expeditions.

The last couple paragraphs of WHITE BEAR tells us, "the bear's survival isn't just an arctic problem. Nanook is a citizen of the world. Ultimately, his fate lies in the hands of all of us who live on this planet, because the future of the polar bear mirrors the FUTURE of earth itself.

Yes, the white bear is a marine animal, our largest carnivore, and for this one, polar bear babies are the most beautiful of all animals!

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Vicki April 07 2014 at 11:28 PM

ALMOST toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo adorable!

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abourge458 Vicki April 08 2014 at 1:46 AM

???? Are you watching me?

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ChingOW Mango April 07 2014 at 9:47 PM

Absolutely adorable! Just curious - what's with the letter "N" - without that restriction there are so many more perfect names.

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Brenda Fay April 07 2014 at 9:21 PM


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Frank Felly April 08 2014 at 2:52 AM


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ksa7903739 April 07 2014 at 7:51 PM

The bears are wonderful.

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jbdavidson April 07 2014 at 6:17 PM

I'm a fifty year old contractor that used to play professional baseball and I admit I just did the " cute squeal ".

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