Boy cub joy at Highland Wildlife Park
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.