A litter of ten adorable Arctic fox cubs have been born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park, near Aviemore.
The tiny cubs, who are barely big enough to peek over the grass, have started to explore their surroundings under the watchful eye of parents May and Bard, who arrived at the park in November 2018. The cubs will stay with their parents for around 5 to 6 months.
Arctic foxes are known for their thick white fur which helps them to cope with temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius, but cubs are born grey or brown for better camouflage during the summer months and adults change their colouring with the seasons.
The Arctic fox is now extinct in Scotland but was found there until the last Ice Age. It now lives throughout the Arctic region, with Scandinavian animals migrating south to the Baltic coast for the winter.
Highland Wildlife Park is open daily 10am to 6pm during the summer, closing at 4pm during winter. For further information visit www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk