Meet Hamish, the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK in 25 years.

The male cub was born at the Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig in Scotland, last December and the public chose his name.

The park invited them to choose their favourite from Hamish, Poulsen, MacKinnon and Artor.

Hamish received 21,700 out of a total of 36,000 votes.

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Hamish was born in December and his name has just been announced. Photo / Facebook
Hamish was born in December and his name has just been announced. Photo / Facebook

People could have voted for Hamish, Poulsen, MacKinnon and Artor.

Poulsen would have been a tribute to a renowned bear behaviourist, and MacKinnon paid homage to a "dedicated supporter" of the park.

Artor was a Pictish name directly related to bears, and a nod to the cub's father, whose name Arktos means "bear" in Greek.

Hamish was on the shortlist because, according to the park, is a "strong Scottish name that our keepers like".