Wildlife park an­nounces UK’S first po­lar bear cub in 25 years is male

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THE first po­lar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years is a boy, the Royal Zoo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety Scot­land has said.

Staff at the char­ity’s High­land Wildlife Park dis­cov­ered the four-month-old cub is male dur­ing his first rou­tine health check yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Una Richard­son, head keeper re­spon­si­ble for car­ni­vores, at Kin­craig near Kin­gussie in the High­lands, said: “It was very ex­cit­ing to find out we have a lit­tle boy. “Next we need to give him a name and our keep­ers are com­ing up with a suit­able list which we will soon ask the pub­lic to choose from on so­cial me­dia. “This will help us en­gage with as wide an au­di­ence as pos­si­ble to raise aware­ness of the threats po­lar bears are fac­ing in the wild and the need to pro­tect this mag­nif­i­cent species.”

Born in De­cem­ber, the cub has been in­tro­duced to his large out­door en­clo­sure with mum Vic­to­ria and has al­ready taken his first swim.

“He is be­com­ing more con­fi­dent ev­ery day and is do­ing well. We were able to give him a quick health check, en­sur­ing he was back along­side Vic­to­ria very swiftly,” Ms Richard­son said. “While there is a lot of in­ter­est from the pub­lic, we are re­mind­ing vis­i­tors that he is still very young and is spend­ing a lot of time in his cub­bing den.”

Gen­der re­veal: Ac­cord­ing to staff the four-month-old cub is a boy.

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