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15:11  16 april  2018
15:11  16 april  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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The first polar bear cub born in the UK for 25 years has finally ventured outside. The cub was born in the week before Christmas but had only been confirmed by high-pitched noises heard from the maternity den at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland' s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park

Polar bear cub and mother Victoria. PH. Victoria mated with Arktos, who one of two male polar bears at the Highland Wildlife Park . Suddenly I saw a small, fluffy bundle next to her and had to pinch myself to check I wasn't seeing things.

The gender of the wildlife park’s polar bear has been revealed (RZSS/PA): The gender of the wildlife park's polar bear has been revealed (RZSS/PA) © Provided by The Press Association The gender of the wildlife park's polar bear has been revealed (RZSS/PA)

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-month-old cub is male during his first routine health check on Monday morning.

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

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THE pitter-patter of little polar bear paws has been heard in the UK for the first time in 25 years at the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland. Born in the week leading up to Christmas, a fluffy polar bear cub recently became the newest resident at the attraction near Kingussie.

The first polar bear cub born in the UK for 25 years is being monitored at a wildlife park . New - born polar bear cubs are blind, around 30cm long and weigh little more than a guinea pig, the charity said . Arktos and Walker, the other male bear , remain on view to visitors to the attraction.

“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.

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“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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Polar bear cubs have an extremely high mortality rate in their first weeks of life . The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is celebrating the UK ' s first polar bear birth in 25 Victoria lives at Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland, separately from male polar bears Walker and Arktos.

The first polar bear cub born in the UK for 25 years is being monitored at a wildlife park . New - born polar bear cubs are blind, around 30cm long and weigh little more than a guinea pig, the charity said . Arktos and Walker, the other male bear , remain on view to visitors to the attraction.

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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“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,” Ms Richardson said.

“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.”

Inuka, first polar bear born in the tropics, is put down .
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