The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)


- BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON Animals · Wildlife · Zoological Society of London · Scotland · Douglas · United Kingdom · Kingussie · The Royal

The High­land’s new­est po­lar bear cub has been named Hamish af­ter re­ceiv­ing more than 21,000 votes in a pub­lic poll.

Hamish was one of four names short­listed by The Royal Zoo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Scot­land for the young male cub, up against Ar­tor, Poulsen and MacKin­non.

Hamish was the clear win­ner of the so­cial me­dia poll, which closed at noon yes­ter­day, re­ceiv­ing 21,780 votes. Mean­while Ar­tor ob­tained 8,919 votes, Poul­son came in third with 3,145 and MacKin­non fin­ished with only 2,463.

More than 36,000 votes were cast by mem­bers of the pub­lic since the vote opened last week.

Douglas Richard­son, the park’s head of liv­ing col­lec­tions, said: “While we knew the pub­lic vote would be very pop­u­lar, to have had more than 33,000 votes and over 21,000 for Hamish alone has been in­cred­i­ble.

“Of the choices put for­ward by our keep­ers, it was clear from the first day of vot­ing that Hamish was go­ing to be the ru­n­away win- ner and we are de­lighted that Victoria’s cub now has a name.

“Con­ser­va­tion is at the heart of what we do and Hamish’s story is hope­fully help­ing to raise aware­ness of the threats po­lar bears are fac­ing in the wild as a re­sult of cli­mate change and more di­rect hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The four-month-old po­lar bear is the first to be born in the UK in 25 years and has re­mained at a spe­cial en­clo­sure at the High­land Wildlife Park in Kin­craig, near Kin­gussie, since his birth in De­cem­ber.

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IN­TER­EST: Hamish the four-month-old po­lar bear has melted hearts around the world

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