With its abundance of seals providing a ready-made diet, North Uist could soon find itself home to a whole colony of polar bears.
It’s not inconceivable, say scientists, that as the island becomes overcrowded, the bears could one day head south to Glasgow. Polar bears, the most carnivorous members of the bear family, would likely be able to survive by scavenging in the city’s bins for discarded haggis, kebabs and other meat products.
Satellite tracking technology showed that the polar bear started its journey in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic in January. But record declines in sea ice and unseasonably high temperatures forced it south in an attempt to adapt to the effects of climate change.