The name for the UK’s first polar bear cub in 25 years has finally been announced.
After more than 36,000 people voted to name the little bear, one was the overwhelming favourite with 21,800 votes.
And that name – Hamish.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) had drawn up a shortlist of four names for the young male cub – Artor, Hamish, MacKinnon or Poulsen.
Hamish was said to be “ideal for a polar bear born in the Highlands”.
The cub, which is nearly four months old, is growing in size and confidence, increasingly venturing a bit further away from mother Victoria when they are outside in their enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park.
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.”