The UK’s first polar bear cub in many years was welcomed earlier this month to the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland however the announcement was only recently launched as a result of the primary few months of a child polar bear’s life are fairly unsure.
“Whereas we’re completely thrilled, we’re not celebrating prematurely as polar bear cubs have a excessive mortality charge within the first weeks of life as a consequence of their undeveloped immune system and the mom’s exaggerated want for privateness,” the park’s head keeper, Una Richardson, advised the Guardian, “with any disturbance risking the cub being killed or deserted.”
The cub is at the moment being taken care of by its mom, Victoria, in a non-public maternity den on the park, however the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland employees on web site has not but seen the newborn bear — they’ve solely heard it. Its mom destroyed a video digicam in her sanctuary so her keepers have solely heard her offspring’s cries to date. It was first heard on December 18 however the excessive mortality charge of child polar bears stored zoo employees from spreading the thrilling information too quickly.
This announcement comes at some point after a 26-day-old polar bear cub born on the Berlin zoo died.
New child cubs are blind and solely open their eyes after they are a month previous. They’re fully depending on their moms for survival by nutrient-rich and fatty milk. To assist the cub’s possibilities of survival, the zoo employees is taking an especially “hands-off” method to its care. The one time the bear pen is entered is to verify the water contained in the enclosure is not frozen. And even when Victoria appears to wrestle with elevating the cub, the zoo is cautious about stepping in.
“We will surely desire to not hand-rear as a result of they’re so brilliant that we will find yourself with a cub that is not probably the most balanced particular person and thinks it is a little bit furry human versus a polar bear,” head of residing collections at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Douglas Richardson, mentioned. “The way in which polar bears have been stored within the 1980s was not acceptable — we have been coping with huge, clever animals in barren, onerous environments. We have modified it dramatically.”