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06/20/2013 02:24 pm ET Updated Jun 20, 2013

Hank, The National Zoo's Sloth Bear Cub, Makes Adorable First Public Appearance (PHOTOS)

Smithsonian's National Zoo

Say hello to Hank, the National Zoo's sloth bear cub, born in December. (Hi Hank!)

He's spent the last six months with his mother inside a den, where he could be seen on a webcam.

But now you can meet Hank in the fur, as it were. This little guy made his public debut on the zoo's Asia Trail on Thursday morning.

Check out pictures from Hank's first day! Story continues below...

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Hank, Adorable Sloth Bear Cub, Makes National Zoo Debut, June 20, 2013

The adorable Hank, whose name was chosen by the public via Facebook and is a combination of his parents' names -- Hana and Francois -- is the first sloth bear cub born at the Zoo in seven years.

Hank is one of only seven sloth bears born in North America under the species survival plan. The sloth bear is considered a "vulnerable" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Hank alone raised the population of sloth bears under human care by three percent.

According to the zoo, Hank's climbing skills have developed enough to tackle the rocky terrain of the sloth bear exhibit. We recommend you verifying that claim by paying Hank a visit yourself.

Take a look at some of the other cute animals that were born recently at the zoo!

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Cute Baby Animals Born At The Smithsonian's National Zoo

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