Polar bears enjoy 'winter wonderland' at California zoo

The San Diego Zoo uploaded a video capturing their adorable polar bear trio frolicking in the snow in a habitat especially prepared to enrich their experience.

Footage shows Tatqiq, Chinook, and Kalluk playing in the habitat covered in snow.

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Funani, an African river hippo, gives her female calf Jazi a little nudge on the behind, as they swim inside the 150,000-gallon pool exhibit, October 3, 2003 at the San Diego Zoo in California. The 260-pound Jazi is three months old and is the third female calf to be born to Funani in the last four years. Baby hippos, which weigh between 80 and 100 pounds at birth, are born swimming and do virtually everything underwater.

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo beats the summer heat July 10, 2003 by enjoying a winter wonderland. Animal keepers created the snow this morning by blowing 18 tons of shaved ice into Polar Bear Plunge, the Zoo's summer tundra habitat. The unseasonably icy treat stimulated play behavior in the bears and is part of the Zoo's ongoing environmental enrichment program.

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Giant Panda mother Bai Yun snacks on bamboo as her cub Xiao Liwi is shown for the first time on public display at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California, January 10, 2013. Bai Yun gave birth to Xiao Liwi on July 29, 2012.

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One of two jaguar cubs born at the San Diego Zoo on April 27 sits on a scale in this handout photograph taken on May 9, 2012. The 12-day-old cub, which weighs 4.2 pounds, is still too young to get on and off the scale on its own. The pair are the first jaguars born at the San Diego Zoo since 1989. Although these two young cubs may look adorable, females can grow to 70 pounds while males can reach 120 pounds.  Jaguars are the largest cats in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest of the world's cats.

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A western lowland gorilla born on September 4, 2008 at the San Diego Zoo holds onto the back of 14-year-old Ndjia in the Gorilla Tropics exhibit at San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California, March 6, 2009. The young gorilla, named Frank, is the fifth member of the Zoo?s gorilla troop lead by a silverback named Paul Donn. Frank weighs more than 13 pounds, but zookeepers expect that he?ll grow to be more than 400 pounds. Gorillas usually grow to their full size by the time they are 15 years old. They are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and 2009 was declared the Year of the Gorilla by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, United Nations Environmental Programme and other organizations working toward conserving the gorilla population. The San Diego Zoo is home to 13 western lowland gorillas.

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A great egret catches and eats a lizard at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, California March 13, 2015.

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Basel (L), a one-month-old reticulated giraffe, nuzzles his mother Peggy at San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park March 28, 2008. Basel spent the morning kicking, jumping and running around his new 60-acre exhibit that he shares with four other giraffe as well as white rhinoceros, gemsbok, African buffalo and more.

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A young male Sumatran tiger sits in a new $19.5million Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego's San Pasqual Valley May 21, 2014. The soon to open exhibit will house six tigers and features waterfall feed ponds, rocks for climbing and tall crass for catnaps.

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A veterinarian administers the San Diego Zoo's 8-week-old female giant panda cub's first vaccination September 28, 2005. The female cub weighed 6.4 pounds, a gain of one pound since the previous week's exam, and measured 1.5 feet from the tip of her nose to the end of her tail. It is estimated there are only about 1,600 giant pandas in the world.

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A Tiger Longwing butterfly lands on a flower as it and hundreds of other butterflies from around the world fill the bird aviary for the next month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, California March 13, 2015. Called the Butterfly Jungle, the exhibit has over 30 species of butterflies.

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A koala takes an afternoon nap in a tree at the San Diego Zoo, California September 23, 2011.

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One-week-old pygmy loris twins were weighed for the first time since birth by keepers at the San Diego Zoo's Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, May 4. These rare primates from Southeast Asia, who are both females, weigh between 1.26 and 1.33 ounces. After their weigh-day session, they were reunited with mother, Lola, who is taking excellent care of them.

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Seven-year-old lions Izu and Mina explore the renovated Lion Camp exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, California July 1, 2011. The exhibit, which has been closed since March, now features a grassy area for lounging, majool palms and fever trees that offer shade and can serve as scratching posts, and several new rocks and elevated ledges to give the lions more places to perch and keep an eye on all that is happening around them.

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Adhama the baby hippo climbs on his mother's back in San Diego Zoo in this handout released to Reuters February 10, 2011. The calf was born January 26, 2011. Adhama means honor or glory in Swahili.

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A flamingo chick is about to be fed by one of its parents at the San Diego Zoo, California, June 11, 2010. Both mother and father flamingos take part in rearing their young, from warming the eggs in the mud nest, to feeding the chicks. This chick is one of four flamingo babies, between the ages of three and 10 days old, currently at the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 100 flamingos.

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Four two-day-old cheetah cubs snuggle in a keeper's arms after receiving their bottle feeding at the San Diego Zoo August 11, 2005. Nursery keepers care for the cubs 24 hours a day after their mother did not care for them. The cubs are fed every two hours.

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A rare Bornean sun bear cub practices his climbing skills and ventures to new heights July 29, 2004, at the San Diego Zoo. Six-month-old Danum is the first-ever of his species to be born in North America. He made his public debut at the Zoo earlier this month. [Bornean sun bears are a subspecies of the Malayan sun bear, found in Southeast Asia. The sun bear are the smallest member of the bear family and have a very distinctive yellowish crescent marking on their chest which many people believe looks like the rising or setting sun. The San Diego Zoo is home to four Bornean sun bears, including two adult females, an adult male and the newborn cub.

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A three-month-old male Dhole pup named Nicolai is seen at the San Diego Zoo May 21, 2003 in San Diego, California. Nicolai is the first dhole ever to be born as part of the park's breeding program at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park. His parents, Olga and Yuri, as well as three other adult dholes, arrived from Moscow two years ago. The Wild Animal Park is currently the only facility to house this endangered species in the United States. The dholes' sensitivity to unfamiliar noises means they will remain off exhibit while park researchers continue to study them.

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Tatqiq the polar bear rubs her back on one of the slippery mounds of snow while her brother Kalluk starts to dig a hole in their exhibit, which was covered in 18 tons of snow, in the San Diego Zoo, California July 13, 2011. More than 90 donors, who contributed a total of $5,100 to the Zoo's online Animal Care Wish List, provided the special enrichment activity for the polar bears. The wish list is similar to an online gift registry for animals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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A heron holds a duckling in its beak after having swooped down form the sky and into the Caribbean flamingo enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, May 9, 2005. Onlookers yelled to no avail as the heron, who usually feasts on fish, turtles, frogs, snakes, crawfish, lizards, and rodents, ate the duckling.

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All three polar bears were brought to the facility as orphans, with brother and sister Kalluk and Tatqiq arriving in March 2001 at a few months of age and Chinook joining the facility back in May 1996 when she was roughly one-year-old.

The marine mammals, normally found in the Arctic Sea ice, are listed as a threatened specieS given the impact of climate change on their natural habitat.

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