SAY hello to Hamish.
He’s the UK’s first polar bear cub in 25 years and he’s finally been given a name.
Over 36,000 people took part in a vote to name the bear, with 21,800 backing Hamish.
Other choices put to the vote by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland were Artor, MacKinnon and Poulsen.
Check out this great photo of the polar bear cub taken by keeper Vickie. He is growing fast and estimated to now weigh over 20kg.
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Douglas Richardson, the park’s head of living collections, said: “We are delighted to have been able to engage with so many people.
“While we knew the public vote would be very popular, to have had more than 33,000 votes and over 21,000 for Hamish alone has been incredible.
“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.”
The cub is nearing four months old and is growing in size and confidence, now weighing around 20kg.
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