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UK's only polar bear cub at Highland Wildlife Park

Lisa O'Keeffe

05 March 2018
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UK's only polar bear cub at Highland Wildlife Park
UK's only polar bear cub at Highland Wildlife Park

 

Your chance to see the UK's only polar bear cub at Highland Wildlife Park!

Visitors to the Royal Zoological Society’s Highland Wildlife Park may see the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years. Born in December, the cub has taken its first steps into the park’s outdoor enclosure, which has been closed to the public to allow mum Victoria the privacy she needed.

Staff at the park, at Kincraig, near Kingussie, are advising visitors that the cub may only be visible for small periods of time to begin with.

Una Richardson, head keeper, said, “Having spent four months in her maternity den, Victoria quickly took the chance to go outside. Understandably, her cub has been more cautious and is still getting used to new sights, smells and sounds.

“While the cub will become more confident and start to explore the large enclosure with Victoria, this will take time and they will always have access to their den for peace and quiet. There is no guarantee all of our visitors will see the cub at this early age but they may be lucky.

“There is huge interest in the park and seeing a polar bear cub will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people, particularly those travelling from around the world.” 

Staff at the park expect to discover the cub’s gender in April or May, when health checks will be possible.

This story is all part of the #SomethingsHatching Easter campaign, where you can find out about other exciting new arrivals, openings and launches at top UK attractions! 

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Lisa O'Keeffe

05 March 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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