Friday 15 November 2019

Watch the UK’s only polar bear cub playing in water and just living their best life

The little one is the first of the species in 25 years to be born in the UK.

The polar bear cub, Victoria
The polar bear cub, Victoria

By Edd Dracott, Press Association

The UK’s only polar bear cub has been enjoying some downtime with their mum by playing in a paddling pool in her enclosure.

The little one became the first of its species to be born in the UK for 25 years in December, and it’s fair to say it looks to be enjoying life at the Royal Zoological Society’s Highland Wildlife Park.


Born to mother Victoria, the cub is not old enough for keepers to know their sex yet and does not have a name.

Its keepers put the paddling pool in the enclosure so they could get used to playing in water before venturing to the main pool in the outdoor enclosure.

Having spent four months in their maternity den, Victoria and her cub have only just emerged.

Visitors to the park now have the opportunity to see the little cub, although the park can’t guarantee the pair will be visible on every visit.

“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,” head keeper Una Richardson said.

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