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Scotland has a new polar bear cub

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howabout Wed 07-Mar-18 13:54:21

Great to see the polar bears thriving.
Snowball is my vote for a name.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-43315406

StealthPolarBear Wed 07-Mar-18 14:13:31

How exciting grin

prettybird Wed 07-Mar-18 15:03:40

Love the way that they waited deliberately of course wink until there was snow on the ground before taking a photo that they could release! grin

k2p2k2tog Wed 07-Mar-18 15:29:53

Super cute. I am old enough to remember the cub at Edinburgh Zoo, think it was sponsored by Fox's Glacier Mints.

Might take a wee trip up to Aviemore in the Easter holidays.

PurpleFrog Wed 07-Mar-18 16:30:44

Oh - yes that Edinburgh Zoo cub was called "Wee Sweetie"! Had completely forgotten about it until you mentioned it...

Superjaggy Wed 07-Mar-18 21:49:20

Lovely news! DD and I will be going along for a nosy at Easter, I think smile

WaxOnFeckOff Wed 07-Mar-18 22:43:02

Oh - yes that Edinburgh Zoo cub was called "Wee Sweetie

Wasn't it called Minty? or was that another one?

PurpleFrog Thu 08-Mar-18 15:07:21

Just done some googling. Looks like we were both right! grin

"On 18. November 1988 she gave birth to a male cub, the first polar bear cub of the zoo, that was born in Edinburgh and survived. The little polar bear was first baptised Wee Sweetie and became soon a star in Edinburgh. He even won more fame, when he became the mascot of Fox’s Glacier Mints, the leading, branded boiled mint in the UK, that has often been advertising with polar bears. As a result he got the name Minty. On 28 March 1990 he was moved to the Zoo Antwerp, where they again gave him a new name To-nuik. He died there unexpectedly on 19. June 1994. The cause of death couldn’t be determined."

WaxOnFeckOff Thu 08-Mar-18 16:00:20

Awww - poor Wee Sweetie/Minty/To-Nuik sad

PurpleFrog Thu 08-Mar-18 22:05:39

Yes sad

MrsJayy Tue 13-Mar-18 10:11:54

I remember the EZ cub. [Sad] The director of HWP was on tv last week he said the bear keepers just go to victorias &cub enclosure and you know when cub is out by the high pitched squeals grin

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