Sex of polar bear cub at Highland zoo is revealed

The public will be asked to choose a name for the cub. PIC: Contributed.
The public will be asked to choose a name for the cub. PIC: Contributed.
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The sex of the first polar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years has finally been revealed.

Staff at the Highland Wildlife Park discovered the cub is male during his first routine health check this morning.

Members of the public will be asked to help choose a name for the cub.

Una Richardson, head keeper responsible for carnivores, at Kincraig near Kingussie, said, “It was very exciting to find out we have a little boy.

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“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.”

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Born in December, the cub was recently 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,” said Una.

“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.”