National Geographic : 2000 Dec
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback ANTHONYFIALA POLAR BEARS Cub ina Tub This orphaned polar bear cub was adopted by members of a 1905 Arctic expedition after they shot its mother, who had been circling their boat in search of food. "We lassoed the cub and brought it to the ship," recounted expedition leader W. S. Champ in our January 1906 issue. But the little bear was frantic. "I was going down the gangway when the thought struck me. If I can get the skin of the mother to this cub, possibly it will quiet her." The older bear's pelt was fetched, and the cub, which turned out to be a male, was comforted. He was caged for the rest of the journey-except at bath time-and sent to the National Zoo in Wash ington, D.C., where he lived until his death in 1936. This photograph has never before been pub lished in the magazine. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0012. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)ISPUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 1145 17THST NW,WASHINGTON, DC20036-4688.$29.00AYEARFORU.S.DELIVERY, $5.00PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILINGOFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.