Nalle is prepared for a record season in Ranua

May 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Ranua 2017

9.5.2017 – Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Hello friends! It’s me┬á – your ‘Nalle’ reporting from Ranua. We still have lots of snow but it has started to melt – very slowly. I wonder if this is the last ‘snowy report’ for this season ….

First I will tell you what’s going on in my home zoo.

In Ranua a very severe disease called ‘polar bear feaver’ is flourishing. ­čÖé When my brother Ranzo was born the visitor record was beaten and now the zoo is expecting even more visitors.

Of course, this means good prophits not only for the zoo but also for the restaurants, hotels and shops in Ranua.

– Mama, rise and shine – it’s a new lovely day! We mustn’t waste it sleeping!

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– Dear boy, of course, you’re right but mama’s so tired.

– Why are you tired? I’m not tired at all! Did you know our zoo┬áis well prepared for the invasion of visitors. For instance members of a local sport club┬áare taking care of the parking lot so everything will go smoothly and as many cars as possible will find a parking place. The zoo is also hiring┬á┬áextra season workers for the Summer – good news for young Ranua boys and girls looking for a Summer job.

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– OK, a very good morning to you my son! Let’s see how this day will be! We must be at our best when the visitors come. They love us and we must show them we love them, too!

– We can start with a little wrestling …..

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– ….. and we can also have some mama-son talk.

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– Mama, I have no name yet …. have you any idea what it will be?

– Dear son, the zoo has arranged a name competition. Your fans can suggest a suitable name for you. Let’s insert the link to the voting page here! Even our fans abroad can vote! We know the result in the end of August!

– Oh bear, I’m already excited – although I like my nick name ‘Nalle’ very much! ­čÖé

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Well, talking is not nearly as fun as wrestling! ­čÖé

As you can see the snow has started melting and the biggest stones aren’t covered with it anymore. Well, we’ll see if we get more snow …..

Mama is an expert digging holes in the snow. Next Winter I’m much bigger and stronger so we can arrange a snow digging championship!!

– OK, you won the wrestling championship! Why don’t you go and check the trees now?

– The only green thing I found are these branches of fir.

– MAMA!!! No green leaves yet but I found something very interesting. The keepers must have left it here while we were sleeping.

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– Poor trees are still naked – I hope they’re not freezing!

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– I wonder what this furry thing is …. it looks like a tail …. Oh bear, now I have my own ‘teddybear’.

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– I found this funny round thing, too!

– Dear boy, it’s a car tyre and I believe it’s a gift from your father.

– But mama, I have no car …. I don’t even know wha a car is …..

– You can play with a tyre anyway. Your papa loves to play with tyres – I guess all the polar bear males love them ….

– Oh yeah, I’m a macho polar bear now!!!

I want to show you something else, too. Please, follow me!

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This funny looking creature is an ermine. It’s fur has turned white┬áduring the Winter time – only the tail remains black.

What a big ice berg it has in the enclosure! I guess it’s the Mount Erminest! ­čÖé

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He’s almost as cute as I am don’t you think? I must say the make-up looks fantastic!

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This ermine hasn’t turned totally white but it’s a cutie pie, too!

The brownies are cute, too even though they’re not white. Malla and Jemma are standing on the ground for a change. Usually they spend a lot of time climbing the trees and watching over our park.

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Yes, this is definitely a very lovely face! What a beautiful, happy smile!

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Last time I thought these white birds were flying polar bears but mama told me they are swans. Now I could see the beautiful birds swimming. In the background you can see even other Spring herolds.

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I’m really looking forward to the day when the ice has melted in my pool and mama can teach me how to swim! Maybe I can tell you all about it in my next report …. but for the time being we can still enjoy the snow gliding! With this short video I wish all the readers of Knuti’s Weekly a very happy Spring!

Greetings from your Nalle boy

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  1. Dear NALLE:
    I can tell you: the most important visitors for you have got your desease already in a form
    that raise concern. We were told they did start to sleep on their packed luggage to make sure not to
    miss the start of their departure to the RANUA WILDLIFE PARK real soon now . . . .

    Thanks for your report. We soon called ‘leftbehinders’ or ‘hold the liners’ in KWM and a place called ‘Die Knuipe’ are looking very much forward to your next report when you will have met those crazy visitors!

    Your new friend wqith the fantastic make up is a real cutie – you are right and so is the brown bears MALLA and JEMMA and the elegant sing swans.

    Take care dear NALLE and family and keepers etc.

  2. Dear Mervi,
    thank you for the wonderful pictures from Ranua. I hope the snow will go away from Ranua now.
    I am curious about the name, which Nale will get after voting.
    The white ermine is very cute.

  3. Dear Mervi,

    Be the scenery white or green, our main characters will always be white – except when taking mud baths or being Brownies by birth.
    Your great text enhances the magic of the pictures. Can’t wait until you’ve found a cure of ‘Reisefieber / Eisb├Ąrfieber’ by honoring the bears and all their friends with your coming visit.

    Thank you for the heart-warming story. It was the bearfect start of the day.


  4. Dear Mervi and Vesa
    All the best for your trip to Ranua Park
    The weather here in England is still too cold and we do not have snow.
    Nalle would laugh to hear that Victor in Doncaster refuses to go out in the
    Whatever name wins the competition, Nalle will be your nickname.

  5. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for this report and ohotos
    of this cutie pie and his mama.

    Your captions are priceless!

    xo k-j

  6. Dear Mervi and dear Marko!
    Thank you for these still and again winterly impressions from the Ranua Zoo. I suppose the polar bears do not complain. They still enjoy to play in the snow.
    The pics are beautiful and the story around is funny, heartwarming and entertaining.

    The ermine is indeed a cute and pretty animal too, especially in it┬┤s winter-fur.

    Probably not only the brownies begin to get impatient. They finally want to smell and taste spring after this long winter.
    Since you and Vesa are going to Ranua you have to bring spring with you. Not only some animals would appreciate that…
    I wish you a good and eventful journey to Finland and a wonderful time with little sweetie pie Nalle and his gorgeous parents!


  7. Liebe Mervi

    Du wirst bald all diese Cuties mit eigenen Augen sehen.
    Marko hat wieder phantastische Fotos geliefert ! ­čÖé
    Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass das B├Ąrchen ein Segen
    ist f├╝r diese kleine Gemeinde im Norden Finnlands. ­čÖé
    Nalle kann sich ├╝ber viel Besuch im Sommer freuen.

    Herzliche Gr├╝├če
    Chris ­čÖé

  8. Liebe Mervi,

    Britta-Gudrun l├Ąsst ausrichten,dass sie im Krankenhaus,aber schon auf dem Weg der Besserung ist.

    Liebe Gr├╝├če von Brigitte.

  9. Dear Brigitte,

    Thank you so much for the information of Britta-Gudrun. Please, forward my best greetings and get-well-soon wishes to her next time you’re in touch with her.

    Hugs from Mervi

  10. Ich schlie├če mich den Gr├╝├čen f├╝r Britta-Gudrun an und w├╝nsche schnelle und gute Besserung!
    Ich hatte ihre Kommentare schon vermisst und hoffe, dass bald alles wieder im gr├╝nen Bereich ist.

    Liebe Britta-Gudrun, wenn Du das liest: Komm schnell wieder auf die Beine!
    Alles Liebe und Gute f├╝r Dich!

  11. Dankesch├Ân,wir werden die guten W├╝nsche an Britta-Gudrun ausrichten!

    LG Brigitte

  12. Liebe Mervi und Anke,

    herzlichen Dank! Wir werden die guten W├╝nsche an Britta-Gudrun ausrichten..

    LG Brigitte

  13. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    jetzt wird der Fr├╝hling in Finnland herbei gesehnt und ich mu├č sagen es wird wirklich Zeit!
    F├╝r den Kleinen ist der lange Winter nat├╝rlich toll, aber er wird auch mit dem Fr├╝hling sein Vergn├╝gen haben.
    Ich hoffe sehr auf einen typischen finnischen Namen und bin gespannt auf das Ergebnis der Abstimmung.
    Vielen Dank, war sch├Ân die Beiden so winterlich zu sehen und so eine Rutschpartie auf Schnee ist herrlich.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če Moni K

  14. Nalle and his loving mum look just gorgeous in the snow! I wish both of them good luck for the future!
    Thanks Mervi and Marko fron Ranua Zoo for these beautiful pics!