First pictures of Yorkshire Wildlife Park's polar bear Hamish enjoying his new home

These are the first pictures of Yorkshire Wildlife Park's newest arrival, three-year-old polar bear Hamish.

Hamish has been discovering his new home at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

He was moved from Highland Wildlife Park to Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park, following a recommendation from the European Endangered Species Programme. Hamish’s arrival has been away from the public as the 150-acre park is closed to visitors due to the lockdown. The move took months to plan and involved experienced transport specialists, supported by staff and vets from both parks.

Three-year-old Hamish was moved from Highland Wildlife Park to Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park

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Hamish was first polar bear to be born in the UK for 25 years
Hamish is now at the age where he would leave his mother in the wild
Hamish exploring his new home after a 400-mile trip from northern Scotland to Yorkshire.
Kim Wilkins, the carnivore team leader at the Yorkshire park, said: “He is a lovely bear and I can see he will be very happy here."
Hamish moved to the park following a recommendation from the European Endangered Species Programme.
It is hoped Hamish will become friends with the youngest bear already at the park, Nobby.
The spacious reserves of the specialist polar bear centre will allow him to develop into an adult.
Hamish’s arrival has been away from the public as the 150-acre park is closed to visitors due to the lockdown.
Matt Hartley, head of animals at the park, said he hopes Hamish will be an ambassador for wild polar bears and boost the campaign to preserve their melting habitats.
Here's Hamish waving goodbye, at his old home in Scotland