Highland Wildlife park polar bear trio celebrate birthdays

THREE polar bears had a ball at a wildlife park as keepers celebrated their winter birthdays.

Arktos the polar bear playing with a ball. Picture: PA

Victoria, who arrived at the Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore in March this year, turned 19, while Arktos was eight and Walker turned seven.

The two male bears were gifted a huge play ball, splashing about in their enclosure’s pond.

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Keepers at the park said the pair have become “best buddies” since they moved in together two years ago, describing their relationship as a “bear bromance”.

Victoria the polar bear with her birthday cake made from ice and fish. Picture: PA

Victoria was treated to a special frozen birthday cake made from ice and fish.

Vicky Larkin, head carnivore keeper, said: “Although they often are given a range of polar bear-friendly toys, this is the first time we’ve given Walker and Arktos, our very playful male polar bears, a huge ball specially made for large powerful animals and we were extremely excited to see their reaction.”

Arktos the polar bear playing with a ball. Picture: PA