TORONTO, Canada (CNN) -- The Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub has taken his first bath in the intensive care unit where he has been cared for by the zoo staff after he was removed from his mother Aurora, who had trouble nursing him, reported CTV.
The cub was born on November 9, 2013 along with two brothers who died within 48 hours. He has been looked after by zookeepers who became concerned about his fragile health.
After receiving the necessary care, the cub was removed from his incubator and recently has taken his first ever bath.
A statement on Toronto zoo's website says the "surviving cub is making progress. His coat is gradually becoming thicker and he continues to grow stronger each day."
The zoo says the cub is now "quite active," and is starting to play and will soon join the other polar bears in the Tundra Trek exhibit, an area of the zoo which focuses on climate change and its effects on species conservation.
Polar bears are ranked as "vulnerable" species of some 20-25 thousand species worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Fund.