Victoria will present her baby bear to the visitors

Mar 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Zoos in U.K.

20.3.2018 – Source: Highland Wildlife Park

Visitors to the Royal Zoological Society’s Highland Wildlife Park tomorrow (Wednesday 21 March) may see the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

Douglas Richardson, the park’s head of living collections, said, “Our pioneering captive polar bear management programme closely mirrors what happens in the wild and this birth shows our approach is working.

“This is vital because a healthy and robust captive population may one day be needed to augment numbers in the wild, such are the threats to the species from climate change and human pressures.

“The reintroduction of polar bears would be an enormous task but we need to have the option. While our cub will never be in the wild, there is a chance its offspring may be in decades to come.”

Chief Executive Barbara Smith said, “The birth of the first polar bear in the UK for a quarter of a century is a huge achievement for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the team at our Highland Wildlife Park.

“We are hopeful our cub will help to raise awareness of the dangers to polar bears in the wild. Collectively, we must do all we can to protect this magnificent species.”

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

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  1. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the update!
    This little wild thing really makes my heart sing…
    Victorias cub is a sweet little cutie, curious and cautious the same time while exploring the big wide world outside the protecting den.
    It is heartwarming to see how Victoria watches out for her little one and I´m sure the visitors who are lucky to catch a glimpse will be enchanted.
    I wish Victoria and her baby all the best!


  2. Dear Mervi,
    the baby is cute. Victoria is a proud mother.

  3. Das Kind sieht entzückend aus.
    In Schottland scheint beinahe
    besseres Wetter zu sein, als
    hier, wenn ich die Bilder sehe.
    Victoria macht einen gelassenen
    Eindruck. Die Besucher können
    sich auf das Bärchen freuen! 🙂

  4. Herzlichen Glückwunsch an UK zu diesem Schätzchen
    und alles Gute für den Wonneproppen!

  5. Highland Wildlife Park really deserve
    praise for their sensitive care of Victoria and her
    little one. I am hoping to meet Molly Merrow there
    in May when the cub will be a lot bigger of course.
    Stephen King has posted in Facebook and was in
    Kingussie to catch Victoria and her cub.

  6. It’s always heartwarming to see polar bear mothers appear in the public for the first time!

    Like the majority of the polarbear ladies VICTORIA is a tender mother and her cub is as cute as the majority of all PB cubs 🙂

    Congratulations to the HIGHLAND WILDLIFE PARK – They are so happy! Thanks for report and pics.

    Thanks to you, MERVI, for having brought this article and pics to your KWM-readers/watchers.

  7. Liebe Mervi,

    danke fürs Einstellen der schönen Bilder von Victoria und ihrem Mini .
    Das Video ist sehr schön.

    Ich wünsche den Beiden alles Gute für die Zukunft. Möge das kleine Bärchen groß und stark werden.

    Liebe Grüße

  8. Liebe Mervi,
    natürlich ist so ein Eisbärchen superniedlich und ich wünsche den beiden daß sie gesund bleiben.
    Danke für die neuesten Bilder vom britischen Eisbärnachwuchs.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  9. Dear Mervi

    Einfach süß!
    Danke für die Infos bzw. den Link!!!!