Do you remember Hercules?

Hercules the bear: 10 photos of Scotland's beloved grizzly

Hercules was a trained grizzly bear from Scotland who found fame appearing in film and TV productions, reaching the height of his popularity in the 1980s.

Scottish wrestler, Andy Robin, bought Hercules for £50 after he found out that he was going to be put down as the park he was born into, Highland Wildlife Park, couldn’t accommodate bears. Do you remember Hercules?

Hercules had a 22ft long kilt specially made for him by the Edinburgh Woolen Mill for his appearance at the Callander Highland Games

1. Donning a kilt

Hercules had a 22ft long kilt specially made for him by the Edinburgh Woolen Mill for his appearance at the Callander Highland Games
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Andy Robin took Hercules to a tree planting event at Craigend House at Auchinbowie in December 1986, but it seemed like Hercules was more interested in eating the plants than doing any gardening

2. Tree planting

Andy Robin took Hercules to a tree planting event at Craigend House at Auchinbowie in December 1986, but it seemed like Hercules was more interested in eating the plants than doing any gardening
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Whilst filming an advert for Kleenex in the Outer Hebrides, Hercules went missing for 24 days after escaping. Here the two North Uist crofters who found him are receiving a 1,000 GBP cheque from Andy Robin

3. Finding Hercules

Whilst filming an advert for Kleenex in the Outer Hebrides, Hercules went missing for 24 days after escaping. Here the two North Uist crofters who found him are receiving a 1,000 GBP cheque from Andy Robin
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Andy Robin and Hercules are seen here on a visit Letham Glen in the early 1990s

4. Visiting Letham Glen

Andy Robin and Hercules are seen here on a visit Letham Glen in the early 1990s
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