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Video: Newborn polar bear caught on CCTV footage

Earlier this week, Highland Wildlife Park in the Scottish Cairngorms caught a polar bear cub being born on their CCTV camera.

The second time Mum, Victoria previously gave birth to Hamish in 2017, who became the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK in 25 years.

This year in February, Victoria mated with long-term partner Arktos, who is also Hamish's father (and one of the two adult polar bears in the park.)

Hamish's Mother welcomed her new cub in her den earlier this week.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZS) staff said they were anxious and excited to meet the new polar bear cub, but the next couple of months are crucial.


This week the staff were excited to meet the latest addition to the Zoo and were intrigued to watch the CCTV footage that caught the whole thing! The newborn is about a foot long and the weight of a guinea pig.


Vickie Larkin, carnivore team leader at the Highland Wildlife Park, said: "This is a tremendous occasion which is a testament to our team's hard work.

"While we are excited about the new arrival, we are not celebrating quite yet as the first few weeks of a polar bear's life is critical, with potential immune system complications and mum's need for privacy during this time our top priority."

Vickie added: “We were hopeful Victoria and Arktos would produce another cub when they were reintroduced for the breeding season in February.


“She is a very attentive mother, and we’re pleased to say they are both doing well so far. We will not know if the little one is a boy or girl until we can perform health checks in the spring, and they will be named shortly after.

“Polar bears are born blind and do not open their eyes until they are a month old. At the moment, the youngster is about a foot long and weighs roughly the same as a guinea pig.”


Click here to watch the full video below:

(Video shows birthing video of the new cub. Video source: YouTube.)

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Feature image source: Weheartit. Image shows parent and child polar bears in the snow.

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