Boy cub joy at High­land Wildlife Park

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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-mon­thold cub is male dur­ing his first rou­tine health check yes­ter­day.

Una Richard­son, head keeper re­spon­si­ble for car­ni­vores at Kin­craig near Kin­gussie, 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 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.

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