Hide and seek in Ranua

Apr 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Ranua 2017

25.4.2017 by ‘Nalle’ with a little help from Mervi, Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Dear friends! It’s your ‘Nalle’ in Ranua again! I hope you haven’t missed me too much, hehee… We’re having a wonderful polar bear Spring here although some two legged creatures aren’t so happy about the snowing. Who cares – I’m having bundles of fun!! 🙂

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My mama is very particular about my having a clean face when I meet my fans. She washes my face and neck every morning and doesn’t forget to clean the ears either. I’m not so excited about this procedure. I mean, a little bear boy has much funnier things to do – but I’m a good boy and let mama have her way.

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After the cleaning it’s time for some cuddling.

As you can see in the background the trees are still naked although I’ve slept so many nights  waiting them to turn green ….. maybe they will be green tomorrow?

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Mama has very big paws but I can tell you I’m not afraid of challenging her in a wrestling game.

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Hahaa, she tells me I won again!!!

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Hide-and-seek is my favourite game.

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I’m a master hiding myself in the snow. Can you find me? Many visitors are looking for me and wondering where I am.

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I make it a little easier for you …..

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Of course, I can’t be ‘invisible’ all the time. My fans would be so disappointed if they didn’t see me!

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A little hint: If everything looks only white try to find a licorice nose and two chocolate eyes ….. That’s me!!

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My neighbour Jemma is a curious brownie who spends a lot of time checking the surroundings. Nothing escapes her eyes!

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I wonder if this magpie has visited IKEA or Bauhaus to get stuff for the nest?

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A bird conferens

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This crow doesn’t mind the snow!

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A little bird told me my editing assistant Mervi is coming to visit me. I guess the snow will be gone when she comes so I insert three ‘whiteys’ here.

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Hei hei! That means bye bye for this time. I promise to be back soon!


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  1. Dear NALLE – You are a right hero! – Both shoulders of Mama on the floor! Respect!

    The first pic we can see of you in this report for sure was a right challenge for Markko JUNTTILA:
    such a little polar bear cub face against the white landscape – one can nearly but see the black parts
    of your lovely face,so: not too much 🙂 . . May be that’s a perfect pattern to learn to sketch polar bears with just some strokes!? Thank you DEAR!

    “A little hint: If everything looks only white try to find a licorice nose and two chocolate eyes ….. That’s me!!” . . . Yeah! Right! That’s what I did 🙂

    ‘Brownie’, magpie and raven also give wonderful motives with the white snow background – and they all are inventive/creative and intelligent creatures. Aren’t they!?

    Thank you very much for having addressed to us ‘old-KWM-owls’ again and for having told us from your exciting life in the snow heaps of the RANUA WILDLIFE PARK – with a tiny litlle help of your biggest fan MERVI who always knows how to ‘carve’ entertaining letters and reports of yours according to what you show and tell her behind the scenes somewhere 😉

    Thanks to anybody involved in this latest publication of yours!

  2. Liebe Nalle

    Du bist einfach bezauBÄRnd !

    Danke an Tante Mervi für die Hilfe


  3. Hei Nalle ja Mervi.
    Olipa kivoja kuvia ja hauskoja kommentteja, Toivottavasti marko setä lähettää taas paljon uusia kuvia.

    Voi hyvin.


  4. Dear Mervi,
    Venus and her boy enjoy the snow. The boy is no more a baby, he looks beautiful.
    I think Jemma and the birds are waiting for the warm weather.

  5. Liebe Mervi,

    ist das ein niedlicher Wonneproppen mit seiner Lakritznase und den Schokoladenaugen!
    Mit so niedlichen Fotos eine Geschichte zu zaubern macht wirklich Spaß und ist dir wieder
    großartig gelungen!
    Vielleicht hat er bei eurem Besuch schon einen Namen, aber Nalle gefällt mir jetzt schon.
    Kess ist er geworden und Mama ist eine geduldige Sparringspartnerin.

    Vielen Dank für die schönen Fotos und deine Erzählungen!

  6. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    The photos of Marko Junttila are wonderful.
    Best wishes to Venus and Nalle.

  7. Liebe Mervi!
    So ein kleiner Lausbub, die Schoko-Aeuglein sind wirklich goldig!
    Danke für die wunderbare Geschichte und die tollen Bilder.
    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  8. Hi Nalle, nice to see you here 🙂 wer hätte das gedacht, Nalle schreibt Geschichten

    Der kleine Bär in Ranua spielt lange im Schnee verstecken …
    Danke für die schönen Bilder vom Bärchen und und den Nachbarn

    Liebe Grüße Uli

  9. Dear Mervi, dear Marko!
    Nalle is a cutie pie! The lively pics are wonderful and the merry story around as well. Thank you!
    With his licorice nose, black beady eyes and especially his certain smell his loving mother would find him in the snow, no matter how tricky he tries to hide. As for the visitors I´m not that sure…
    I wonder when spring will arrive even in Northern Finland…
    It seems Jemma on the tree is already looking for it


  10. Lieber “Nalle”,

    du bist nicht nur ein munterer kleiner Eisbärbube, sondern auch ein wunderbarer Reporter.

    Ich bin gespannt, wann die Bäume in deinem Gehege endlich grün werden. Aber wahrscheinlich wirst du darauf nicht mehr sehr lange warten müssen.
    Ganz besonders freue ich mich, dass Mervi dich bald besuchen wird. Ganz sicher werdet ihr viel zu bereden haben und wahrscheinlich wird sie ganz, ganz viele Fotos von dir und deiner Mama machen.

    Ganz lieben Dank an dich, an Mervi und an Marko Junttila für die wunderbaren Fotos.
    Ich freue mich schon darauf, bald wieder etwas von dir zu lesen und auf Fotos freue ich mich sowieso.

    viele Grüße

  11. Dear Marko and Dear Mervi, thank you for sharing these pics with us.
    Dear Marko, some of these pics are real masterpieces: “white in white” and yet showing each and any detail. WAW, I am impressed by their beauty. Seeing the baby playing with his mother is endearing, the baby playing “hide and seek” in the snow is funny, but seeing the baby with his little boomsie peeking out of the snow heap is just hilarious but capturing all his joy and fun.
    Of course, I also loved the other pics of the other animals and again I am having the feeling that they all found their Garden of Eden.

  12. Liebe Mervi, lieber Marko

    Die Fotos aus dem Winterland sind wieder klasse.
    Für die Eisbären ist das Wetter ideal, auch wenn
    die Menschen und Vögel sicher die Wärme
    herbeisehnen. Auch Jemma hat viel Spaß.
    Die letzten Bilder sind besonders schön!

    Herzliche Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  13. Dear Mervi and Marko
    Ranua through your words and photos is a magical place.
    A polar bear with her cub in the snow is so rare outside the
    wild Arctic. Thank you so much.

  14. MERVI – das Video ist lustig.
    Lakritznäschen im Schnee
    und Boomsie in die Höh´ 😀

  15. Liebe Mervgi,

    danke für die wieder ganz tollen Bilder von Venus und ihrem süßen Nachwuchs im Schnee.
    Das Video ist klasse.

    Liebe Grüße

  16. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    noch immer so viel Schnee, für mich und die Bären ein weisser Traum.
    Aber ich verstehe daß jetzt endlich auch in Finnland der Frühling kommen sollte und viel Sonne.
    Vielen Dank hat Freude gemacht mit dem kleinen Nalle seine Welt zu erkunden.
    Liebe grüße Moni K

  17. Dear Mervi & Marko,

    Little Nalle is cuter than cute! And of course, like every polar cub on Earth, he knows how to charm the lucky ones who are able to actually watch him grow up like his Mom, his keepers and faithful friends who stop by for a visit.

    Thank you for sharing this cheeky bundle of joy with the bearfect Lakritznase!


  18. Dear Nalle, you are so charming, and you have a very caring mother.

    Thanks a lot dear Mervi and Ranua Wildlife Park for wonderful pictures and for telling about the Park.

    Hugs Inge

  19. Dear Mervi!

    Thank you for the cute Story about Nalle!
    I wish you all a pleasant Weekend!

  20. dear little Nalle
    you have such a sweet face and you look so funny in the camera, with these lovely pictures I can see, that you have a wonderful childhood in Ranua, enjoy your time with your dear Mama, it makes so much fun playing in the snow.
    dear Mervi, thank you for this nice report, I like all the pictures,
    dear greetings and big paw waves