Published: 16/04/2018 11:33 - Updated: 16/04/2018 11:37

Kincraig's polar boy

Written byTom Ramage

 

It's a boy!

 

"I’m a polar boy!"

That was the news today (Monday, April 16) from the Highland Wildlife Park’s latest star.

Yes, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has revealed that the first polar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years is a boy.

Staff at the charity’s Kincraig park discovered the four-month-old cub is male during his first routine health check this morning.

Una Richardson, head keeper responsible for carnivores, at the reserve 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 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."

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."

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