Highland Wildlife Park: Scotland’s only polar bear cub opens his eyes for the first time


The cub was born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore in December. three months old

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However, new images from inside the structure show that the baby has now opened its eyes. Although the den is largely dark, it is clear that the cub is growing rapidly. In one heartwarming moment captured, the pup appears to be climbing on Victoria’s giant paw, before letting out a huge yawn in another. Keith Gilchrist, Animal Collection Manager at Highland Wildlife Park, said: “At one and a half months old, our cub has fully opened his eyes. He will be staying in the dark and cozy cub den with his mother Victoria for a few months. before venturing outdoors. “Although the cub is still dependent on Victoria, each day it grows stronger and more mobile, moving further and further into the den.” He added: It has been absolutely fantastic to see Victoria interact with her pup. She is such a good mom and very attentive.” Polar bear cubs only open their eyes at about a month old and are completely dependent on their mother, feeding on high-fat milk to grow quickly. Expected to leave den for the first time next month. Keepers won’t know the cub’s sex until health checks in the spring, after which the name will be given. Meanwhile, it has been revealed the cub will be Victoria’s last. Born 12 From December 1996 at Rostock Zoo in Germany, Victoria had a cub at Aalborg Zoo in Denmark before being transported to Scotland in 2015 as a mate with Arktos.Now aged 25, Victoria is the oldest polar bear in Great Britain. Brittany Females have bred up to age 26 in the past, but the current cub will stay with her for the next two to three years, at which point she could be 28. Gilchrist said: “Victoria is in the upper range of reproductive age. This will be her last cub, not only because of her age, but also because of the genetic representation within the captive population. In the Arctic region, polar bears are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and have become one of the main symbols of the fight against climate change.

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SCOTLAND’S ONLY POLAR BEAR CUB HAS FULLY OPENED ITS EYES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS DEN AT THE ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND (RZSS) WILDLIFE PARK NEAR AVIEMORE.
POLAR BEAR CUBS ONLY OPEN THEIR EYES AT ABOUT A MONTH OF AGE. IT WILL REMAIN IN THE DEN UNTIL IT GOES OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MARCH.


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