Britain’s first polar bear cub in 25 years is named Hamish after vote

Britain’s first polar bear cub in 25 years is named Hamish after public vote (but Beary McBearface wasn’t on the ballot)

  • The cub was born at Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig, Scotland in December
  • The public voted on shortlisted names Poulsen, MacKinnon, Artor and Hamish 
  • More than 36,000 votes were counted with 21,800 going for winning Hamish

 The first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years has been named Hamish.

The Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig, Scotland, asked the public to chose the name of the cute male cub which was born in December.

A vote was launched on the park’s Facebook page giving people the chance to chose from four possible names.

The first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years has been named Hamish

Una Richardson, head keeper responsible for carnivores at the park, said: ‘It was very exciting to find out we have a little boy’

Born in December, the cub was recently introduced to his large outdoor enclosure with mother Victoria and has already taken his first swim

The four shortlisted names were Poulsen, MacKinnon, Artor and Hamish.

The park said the the response was ‘incredible’ with more than 36,000 votes, 21,800 of which were for Hamish.

Staff at the park said Hamish was ‘a strong Scottish name’ popular with the keepers.

Douglas Richardson, the park’s head of living collections, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to engage with so many people.

‘Of the choices put forward by our keepers, it was clear from the first day of voting that Hamish was going to be the runaway winner and we are delighted that Victoria’s cub now has a name.

‘Conservation is at the heart of what we do and Hamish’s story is hopefully helping to raise awareness of the threats polar bears are facing in the wild as a result of climate change and more direct human activities.’

Staff at the Highland Wildlife Park were able to give him a quick health check, ensuring he was back alongside his mother Victoria very swiftly

Mother polar bear Victoria and her cub play together to a delighted crowd at the Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore, Scotland

The little cub has been playing in the water for after previously spending a lot of time in and around the den

A post on the park’s Facebook page said: ‘Watch out for future updates as #WeeHamish continues to find his feet’.

Born in December, the cub was recently introduced to his large outdoor enclosure with mother Victoria and has already taken his first swim.  

Una Richardson, head keeper responsible for carnivores at the park, 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.

A post on the park’s Facebook page said: ‘Watch out for future updates as #WeeHamish continues to find his feet’.

The park said the the response was ‘incredible’ with more than 36,000 votes, 21,800 of which were for Hamish

Douglas Richardson, the park’s head of living collections, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to engage with so many people

 ‘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.

‘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.

‘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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