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A polar bear has been moved to the UK from captivity in France to stop him harming his mate’s cubs.
Rasputin was brought to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster, from Antibes in the south of France.
The journey was planned for winter time so he would experience more comfortable temperatures.
Bruce Walton, who was Rasputin’s keeper in France. said: “He is a lovely bear and I can see he will be very happy here and have a ball.”
Rasputin was born in Moscow Zoo in November 2008 and has lived in Antibes since in 2010.
His mate Flocke recently had cubs and he needs to be kept away for their safety.
Adult polar bears have been known to kill and eat cubs.
Rasputin arrived in Yorkshire on 29 January, but has been kept away from the public while he explores his new environment.
Due to quarantine requirements, Rasputin is currently in his own reserve which is to open to visitors from Wednesday.
After four mouths he will be moved to join resident polar bears Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby.
The European Endangered Species Programme recommended Rasputin move to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, home to the only polar bears in England.
The survival of polar bears in the wild has been threatened by the loss of sea ice through global warming which makes it harder for them to feed.
The park’s head of animals, Matt Hartley, said: “He will help us move forward in our fight to ensure polar bears can ultimately survive the damage climate change is causing to their environment.”