Jemma, Malla & Co in May 2017

Jun 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured articles

11.6.2017 by Mervi & Vesa

You’ve met Nalle, Venus and Manasse in our two previous reports from Ranua but now it’s time to tell you about our meetings with other four legged friends in the zoo.

We walked the path leading us to the reindeers and they gave us a warm welcome. They posed so nicely to our cameras and we could even have a little chat with them. Oh yes, we did! 🙂

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Hello friends! We’re still having a late Winter here but it was kind of you to come and visit us anyway. Because youre now in the land of Santa Claus it was very suitable to visit us first!

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From a distance we saw this lovely scene. To my great surprise I managed to take a photo.

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Our next stop was by the musk oxes and we were very glad seeing Bodil and her son waiting for us. OK, they showed us their boomsies first but I want to believe it’s a ‘musky way’ to say ‘hello’. 🙂

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Some of you may remember Bodil’s long journey from Copenhagen to Ranua. We can assure you it really is a tough drive because we’ve made that journey by car several times.

Mari Heikkilä travelled with Bodil and told us it was a very hot day in southern Sweden so she had to keep an eye on the thermometer all the time to make sure Bodil was doing fine and not suffering from the heat.

I insert the video here to refresh your memory about Bodil’s journey:

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Bodil was a brave girl and soon after her arrival to Ranua she was introduced to the male Max. In due course the meeting resulted in a sweet musk ox boy. We didn’t see Max but he must be very proud of his handsome son!

When we said ‘Davs, Bodil! Venlige hilsen fra København’ she immediately  came closer us. Do you think she recognized the language? We think she did …..

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The lynx was sun bathing behind a tree so we couldn’t take a good photo of him/her.

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The wolverines were busy running hither and thither all the time but finally this one stopped for a second so we can present the beauty to you. 🙂

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This time we were lucky to see even two wolves very closely. They have a wonderful ‘camouflage coat’ so in the bright sunshine it was very difficult to catch them with the cameras. Half of the photos showed stones or trees … but luckily some of them turned out quite well. 🙂

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The wolves were inspecting the enclosure – or rather a forest – very thoroughly. I guess they were looking for signs of Spring.

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A big bad wolf? Hardly – this one looked very friendly!

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We didn’t see the dholes but we heard them. The noises they make sound like a dog’s barking. It must be quite a concerto when the wolves start howling at the same time. 🙂 A visit in a zoo not only offers something for the eyes but also something for the ears!

Finally it was time to meet the brown bears Malla and Jemma. The big sign makes sure the visitors won’t get lost!

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We had seen Malla walking in her big enclosure when we were watching Nalle. There’s a wooden ‘bridge’ between their enclosures so you can see both a brown bear and the polar bears at the same time – if you have eyes in your back, too …. 🙂

When we came to Malla she was preparing herself for a nap.

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We wished her sweet dreams and continued to Jemma.

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Jemma is Malla’s daughter but they don’t live together. When Jemma was born Malla took very good care of her in the den. However, when they came out she suddenly abandoned her baby and Jemma was hand raised by the keepers.

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Jemma must have been wondering why the snow was still there …. maybe she should be still hibernating ….

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…. but on a very warm day it was nice to cool off in the white stuff.

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After a while Jemma started with her yoga exercises.

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She had a nice smile on her lovely face.

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First some stretching

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She even stretched her tongue! 🙂

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And now its time for some paw waves.

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Just like many other hand raised bears Jemma was licking her paws or a stone making a noise that sounded like a cat’s purring – but louder.

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For the time being there are no plans for getting a male bear in the Ranua zoo. It’s very difficult to find homes for brown bears in the zoos nowadays so the zoo doesn’t want cubs. We think this is a very wise decision.

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Vesa made a short video of Jemma – hopefully you can hear her ‘purring’. It reminded us of a special polar bear cubbie in Berlin.

This is the last of our three reports from Ranua. What a pity this zoo is so far away from us. We would really love to visit our friends there more often. However, we had a fantastic time in the zoo and our mental suitcases are filled with wonderful ‘souvenirs’.

We know now that the Summer has finally arrived even in Ranua so we finish this report with a collage with Nalle and Venus and wish all our friends in Ranua – both two- and four legged – a wonderful Summer time!

Toivotamme kaikille ystävillemme Ranualla – sekä kaksi- että nelijalkaisille – oikein mukavaa kesää!

Mervi & Vesa

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  1. Liebe Mervi,

    ja, ich erinnere mich noch gut an deinen Bericht von Bodil und ihre große Reise von Copenhagen nach Ranua zu Max. Wie schoen, dass ihr sie nun mit ihrem Sohn sehen konntet.
    Mit den Reindeers sollte man die Freundschaft auch gut pflegen, sonst könnte es sein, dass sie Santa Claus irgendwann im hohen Norden einfach sitzenlassen, da wären viele Kinder sehr traurig.

    Die beeindruckende Größe des Parks hattest du ebenfalls in deinem vorletzten Bericht gezeigt, auch das mit der hohen Brücke zwischen den beiden Bärengehegen, sodass man davon auch jetzt noch eine gute Vorstellung hat.

    Malle und Jemma sind zwei sehr hübsche Bären und wenigstens Jemma hat euch eine schöne Sondervorstellung mit ihren Yogaübungen gegeben, und das Nuggelgeräusch hört man ein klein wenig in dem Video. Ich finde die Entscheidung mit den Bären nicht zu züchten sehr klug, und würde mir das für andere Zoos bei der schwierigen Vermittlung so mancher Tierarten auch wünschen. Aber Jungtiere sorgen halt fürs Klimmpern in der Kasse….Rauna hat das nicht nötig und das ist gut so!

    Die Wölfe, Luchse und Wolferine haben in diesem weitläufigen Gelände viel Platz und das gemeinsame Geheule klingt in diesem wildnisartigen Park bestimmt sehr beeindruckend.

    Vielen Dank auch für den 3. anschaulichen Bericht eurer Reise, und wenn es einen Wermutstropfen gibt dann ist es nur der, dass ihr viel zu selten dort hin fahren oder fliegen könnt, weil es einfach zu weit ist.

    Liebe Grüße
    Britta-Gudrun Nau

  2. dear Mervi,
    the reindeers are so sweet and I am glad they have now a cosy life, they do a big job during the Advent time, so good to see where they and Santa Claus are living. The musk oxes and the wolfs tbe wolverines and the lynx are all looking friendly
    And then the brown bears Malla and Jemma, They have such sweet faces like Teddybaers. I can imagine they have a very good life in Ranua. It is wonderful that you could make this journey to Finland and see all your beloved animals in natura in this Springtime. Thank you very much for this 3.part of your report from Ranua. it was a pleasure to read it and watch all your phantastic pictures.The collage is lovely.
    dear greetings and big paw waves to you and Vesa

  3. Liebe Mervi & Vesa

    Ihr hattet einige außergewöhnliche Begegnungen. 🙂
    Das kleine Rentier beim trinken oder das Kind von
    Bodil. Sogar der Vielfrass hielt still für ein Foto und
    selbst die Wölfe konntet ihr diesmal aus der Nähe
    beobachten. Schade, dass es mit den indischen
    Hunden nicht geklappt hat. Dafür präsentierte
    sich Jemma umso fotogener für euch. Auch
    Dank an Vesa für das Video. Der Luchs
    genießt die Frühlingssonne. Ich denke,
    diese Tage werden unvergesslich für
    euch bleiben und wir in KWM durften
    daran teilhaben – das ist schön ! 🙂

    Herzliche Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  4. Dear Mervi and Vesa,
    it is a pity that the zoo Ranua is far away from you.
    You met many wonderful animals. The reindeers a nice. A mother with a child is lovely. Wolferine looks very good.
    The wolves are very difficult to recognise 🙂
    It is great that Bodil is happy in Ranua. She and her boy have the big boomsies 🙂
    Malla and Jemma look nice after the winter.
    Hugs
    Ludmila

  5. Dear Mervi and Vesa
    You have certainly made the most of your visit to Ranua.
    I can understand your regret at not being able to
    go there more often. I am keeping my fingers crossed
    that I can keep to my programme of Zoo visits this year,
    but may not.
    The reindeer are lovely animals who are so essential to the
    tundra lands. Musk ox are among the fiercest animals when
    they have young. Bodil must know you are her friends.
    I agree with you that Malia and Jemma should not be joined by
    a male. Would more females be welcome.
    The wolverine looks so bouncy

  6. Dear Mervi and Vesa

    Thanks for the interesting report, pictures and videos fra Ranua, where you have had a wonderful time.

    The Zoo is really worth visiting but it is a very long journey. It is a wonderful home, that Bodil has got.

    Hugs Inge

  7. Dear Mervi and dear Vesa!
    Thank you so much for the third part of your wonderful travel report with fabulous pics of the “other” animals in the Ranua Zoo. I like them all: the reindeer nursing her calf, the boomsies of Bodil and her son, the shy lynx, the wolverine, the wolves and – of course – the wonderful brownies Malla and Jemma.

    Although I understand the reason for not wanting brown bear cubs, I find it a bit sad. It´s a pity that fewer and fewer zoos want to keep and show brown bears. I really miss the brownies in Berlin…

    The photos of Jemmas yoga exercises are my favourites. I heard her purring in the video and it reminded me too of Knut.

    Thank you too for that beautiful summerly collage of Venus and Nalle swimming and playing with your ball, respectively the remains of it.

    Hugs
    Anke

  8. Beautiful Zoo, lovely animals, happy visitors.

    Thank Mervi!

    Theresa

  9. Liebe Mervi,

    ich freue mich, nun auch noch den Rest des Zoos in Ranua kennen zu lernen.
    Die Bewohner gefallen mir sehr.
    Der Park wirkt so wie er sein soll. Sehr nordisch und weit.

    Vielen lieben Dank
    Anita

  10. Liebe Mervi,

    danke für den weiteren Bericht aus dem Ranua Zoo, wo wir jetzt auch die weiteren Bewohner kennenlernen durften.
    Schöne Fotos von Rentier, Vielfraß, Wölfe & Co.

    Und Bodil hat Euch seinen Sohn präsentiert.

    Jemma war ja sehr aktiv beim Stretching und Yogha, derweil Mama Malla sich ausruhte. Die beiden haben sich sicher über den von Euch mitgebrachten Honig gefreut.

    Die Collage von Venus und Nalle ist wunderschön.

    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

  11. Dear Mervi & Vesa,

    Ranua is a fine zoo with an interesting assortment
    of animals.

    But I favor bears (surprise!)

    So photos of Jemma and Malla were much enjoyed!

    Thanks!

    xo k-j

  12. Dear Mervi, also your 3rd report is wonderful and bringing us lovely pics. Funny to see that even the wolf is searching for the first signs of Spring/Summer (whatever, as long as it shows some green leaves, isn’t it). Bodil is looking gorgeous and she can be very proud of her little baby boy. The pics of the wolves are great. And even though Malla and Jemma cannot live together, I respect and appreciate the wish of Zoo Ranua for not taking a male for breeding. It is true that it is not easy at all to breed brown bears and then find a good place where the offspring can live. And therefore, it is better to avoid whatever problem or bad result.

  13. Oh, what a joy: there is even a third reort from your FINLAND-tour, dear MERVI, dear VESA!

    Raindeers and musk oxes look great. And the pic of Mama reindeer feeding her calf is lovely!

    Thank you very much for BODIL’s background story.
    It was a most exciting experience such being able to ride on Danish, Swedish and Finnish highways at any kind of weather without getting exhausted at all. . . Happy to see and read that BODIL did not only survive the trip but soon even fell in love with MAX which resulted in a beautiful calf!

    BODIL’s glance back to the truck after having been freed, looks quite satisfied 🙂

    Wolverines and wolves are just so beautiful animals the more in a surrounding comparable to the wild!

    MALLA and JEMMA are beautiful brown bears. Great you managed to take such a lot of good and entertaining photos. . . By the video one can realize what kind of thick and dense fur brown bears do have!

    Dear MERVI, I love your being able to find again and a again individual ways to express yourself. This time I like ‘ our mental suitcases are filled with wonderful ‘souvenirs ‘ ! How very charming!
    Yes, you are right, it’s a pity it’s impossible for you to make this long kind of journey very often . . .

    It was a pleasure to accompany you through your three parts of reports.

    Thank you both so much!

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