An­i­mals: In­quis­i­tive po­lar bear cub heads in to some dif­fi­culty with his traf­fic cone toy

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN WALSH

These adorable pic­tures show the first po­lar bear born in the UK in 25 years strug­gling to get a traf­fic cone off of its head.

Hap­less Hamish was spot­ted by amused on­look­ers as he wres­tled with the bright red traf­fic cone at the Highland Wildlife Park near Kin­gussie.

Its adult bears, Walker and Arc­tos, have long been fans of the cones as play­things – with con­struc­tion com­pany Wills Bros John Paul JV do­nat­ing 50 to the two boys and hard hats also a favourite.

Young Hamish, how­ever, is learn­ing and the con­fused cub – ear­lier seen car­ry­ing his play­thing around his en­clo­sure – could only see red for around an hour.

He was born in De­cem­ber last year and given the “strong Scot­tish name” af­ter 21,000 fans chose it in an on­line poll.

The bear, which was muddy from play­ing around on the ground, picked up the squashed cone in his paws and soon was run­ning around aim­lessly with it on his head.

He even­tu­ally man­aged to get the cone off and threw it back into the wa­ter in anger. His mum, Vic­to­ria, looked on, and swam, ap­par­ently un­moved by his ex­pe­ri­ence.

One sur­prised on­looker could barely be­lieve their eyes while on hol­i­day in the High­lands when they saw the cub’s bizarre head­gear.

Deb­bie Kelly, 41, an ad­min of­fi­cer from Edinburgh, said she sym­pa­thised with the bear be­cause he’s still a baby.

She said: “It’s my favourite photo of Hamish. He’s such a lovely, daft po­lar bear. He did get it off his head and chucked it in the wa­ter af­ter­wards.

“It all seemed very ex­cit­ing to him. For us to watch it was very funny. He is still a baby and still learn­ing.”

“It all seemed very ex­cit­ing to him... For us to watch it was very funny”

HEAD CASE: Sur­prised on­look­ers could barely be­lieve their eyes as po­lar bear cub Hamish put on a show with his new head­gear, which thank­fully came off af­ter an hour

Ev­ery­thing had been go­ing so smoothly for Hamish with his toy...

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