Nalle had some surprises

Jul 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Ranua 2017

17.7.2017 – by Nalle, Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Terve! That means ‘hello’. I think it’s time for you to learn some Finnish! OK, I’ll write my article in English even this time. 🙂

One morning I had a very nice surprise waiting for me – a big mulch bed! When I was indoors a truck from the Leonfi Oy (a company in Ranua) had brought us all this wonderful mulch!

It’s so comfortable! I love to roll in the mulch but duty calls ….

Mama and I need a moment for ourselves before the visitors come. They expect to see us and I can understand them. Who wouldn’t want to admire two beautiful polar bears!

Hmm, let’s see what kind of amusement I can find today.

Oh bear, I found these king size green pearls!

I’m sure I can do lots of funny things with them.

Oh yeah, here we go! I know how to throw a ball but there are three balls attached to the chain!

You might have a problem with this but I’m a clever polar bear and I can manage anything! No need to be too modest don’t you agree?

Attack! They say this toy is unbreakable …. Please, allow me to laugh!!!

I’m going to prove that there are no such things as unbreakable toys!

Mama, maybe you could give me a helping paw?

She doesn’t hear me – her head is under the water but at least one of her ears is visible ….

Never mind a deaf mama – I can find ways to entertain myself! This fantastic head wear protects me from the hot sun rays.

Time to do little paw cleaning

Mama decided to teach me how to swim back stroke. This looks very funny!

Dear son, just do as I do! Watch and learn!

Hurray! I managed to invite mama to ‘wild games’ in the water.

We have so much fun together. We are laughing loud all the time! 🙂

Isn’t my mama beautiful?! She really deserves the name Venus!! She’s like a polar bear goddess stepping up from the water.

Mama is always happy when I tell her how beautiful she is and how much I love her.

I like to tickle her neck

After the water games we usually go for a ‘walkabout’ in our enclosure. Have you noticed how white our furs are?

Now I will show you what a Speedy Bearzales I am. I start slowly ….

…. but in no time my speed is accelerating!

Well, that was what I had to tell you this time. Now I have to hurry and start training back stroke!

Before I leave you I want to show you something.  My friend Marko has made a calender for 2018 with fantastic nature photos. You can find more information here in case you’re interested in ordering one. The price is 15 euros + porto.

Here are a couple of examples of the photos:

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Of course, I want to present some of my furred and feathered friends even this time!

These piggie Babies are just adorable!

The young owls look like woollen balls with big eyes. 🙂

My neighbour Jemma does her yoga exercises every day but I want to show you her lovely face.

And finally a gorgeous sight! This moose can be proud of his looks!

Now I wish you all a very relaxing July. See you soon again!

Your pal Nalle

PS. The name competition is still going on and I’m really excited to hear in the end of August what my name will be!

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  1. Terve! Mervi, Marko and Nalle and Venus
    This photo album is a real treat on a Monday morning. Each photograph is so gorgeous.
    I must admit that the photos of Mum and son together touch me in particular

  2. Dear Marko & Mervi

    Again you present us beautiful pictures from Ranua Zoo.
    The big chain remains us of the nice times with Knut.
    He had the same toy. Nalle is very talented in
    playing with it. Grandma Vienna can be
    proud of her daughter and grandson.
    She sends a postcard from France.
    The other inhabitants of the Zoo
    are also very cute, especially
    the piggies and the owls.
    The antlers of the moose
    bull are growing well. 🙂
    Yemma looks pretty !

    Chris 🙂

  3. Terve Nalle, Venus und Mervi!

    You all are si nice and clever. beutifu mother with hansome boy. And of course Marko is making wonderful photos.

    Thank you so much.

    morjens, tavataan taas


  4. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Again you brought us wonderful photos of sweetie pie Nalle and his beautiful mother Venus.
    The subtitles are heartwarming and hilarious too.

    I am happy for Nalle that he is given a good and suitable toy that he would not be able to break in a day…
    Chris is right, Knut had the same Aussi Dog toy, we called it “Pflanzkugeln”. It outlived him… I wonder where it is now?

    I love the pics on which Venus teaches her boy back stroke. Her foot position looks graceful indeed.

    All photos by Marko are fantastic! The polar lights, the cute owls, pretty Jemma, the handsome moose, the beautiful winterly landscape – I loved them all.
    Thank you!


  5. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Nalle is a playful boy 🙂 He has the toys and he has wonderful mother, who likes to play with him. The mulch bed is grreat.

  6. Liebe Mervi!

    Nalle hat so viel Spaß und gross ist er auch geworden. Danke fĂŒr die wunderbaren Bilder, die Eulen sind putzig, aber auch alle anderen sind großartig.

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe, Erika

  7. Liebe Mervi,

    dein heutiger Tagebucheintrag ĂŒber Nalle ist wieder so herzerfrischend
    und zeigt ein sehr munteres und vielseitig beschÀftigtes BÀrchen.
    Dass ihm das Mulchbett gefÀllt, kann ich gut verstehen, er braucht doch einen
    Ersatz fĂŒr sein Schneeflockenbett vom Winter!

    Mittlerweile ist Nalle sehr gewachsen und ein toller Schwimmer geworden, aber Mama Venus hat
    immer noch ein paar Tricks in petto. RĂŒckenschwimmen ist natĂŒrlich die ganz hohe Schule,
    um die Auszeichnung als “SeebĂ€rchen” zu bekommen.
    NatĂŒrlich vergisst er nie seiner Mama zu zeigen, wie lieb er sie hat – vielleicht nicht ganz
    uneigennĂŒtzig, schließlich hĂ€lt sie ihm seine Milch immer schön warm!

    Die Mitbewohner im Park sind allesamt sehr hĂŒbsch und lassen keine Langeweile aufkommen.
    Mervi, vielen Dank fĂŒr deine unterhaltsamen Texte und danke an Marco fĂŒr die tollen Bilder.
    Auf den offiziellen Namen bin ich gespannt!
    Die Kalenderfotos sind beeindruckend schön.

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe

  8. Liebe Mervi, lieber Marko
    Nalle hat recht daß seine Mama die hĂŒbscheste fĂŒr ihn ist und das sollte er ihr auch immer zeigen.
    Spielen so lange er will und mit der Mutter im Wasser raufen, es ist jetzt seine schönste Zeit.
    Finnisch werde ich nicht mehr lernen, das ist richtig schwer und so hoffe ich weiterhin auf die englische Sprache um seine TagebĂŒcher lesen zu können.
    Herzlichen Dank, hat Freude gemacht wieder etwas so schönes vom Ranua Zoo zu sehen und nicht nur eisbÀriges.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe Moni K

  9. dear Mervi,
    again your words are so sweet which Nalle says to us, we can see how much fun and joy he has, The Mulch bed is so cosy tor such a young bear boy after the playing. With the new toy also Mama Venus has joy in the water. I am very glad Venus and Nalle have this wonderful time together. Thank vou dear Marko for all the wonderful pictures from Ranua it is so good to see all the lovely animals who are living there
    thank you dear Mervi that you share it with us, terve sweet Nalle
    big paw waves to you all

  10. Dear Nalle, please bring my regards to Marko for sharing these lovely pics with us. You are such an adorable sweetie and it goes without saying that you love your mulch bed. BUT …. I have also noticed that since a few weeks, your boomsie and belly are becoming pretty roundish. And you are right: your mother definitely deserves the names VENUS: even Sandro Botticelli could not have found a better model for “Venus”. The way your mother is raising out of the water is just breath-taking. The piglets are cute as can be.

  11. Lieber Nalle,

    richte doch bitte Mervi und Marko Junttila ganz herzliche GrĂŒĂŸe von mir aus.
    Mervi hat deine Geschichte so liebevoll aufgeschreiben und Marko Junttila hat ganz wunderbare Fotos von dir, deiner Mutter und den anderen Zoobewohnern gemacht.
    Ich freue mich sehr, dass ihr so ein tolles Mulchbett bekommen habt. Die Kugelkette ist auch ein herrliches BĂ€renspielzeug und wenn beides langweilig ist, dann ist ja noch deine Mama zum toben und schmusen da :-).
    Du bist ein toller Bursche und wirst ganz bestimmt mal ein prÀchtiger EisbÀrenmann.
    Ich hoffe sehr, dass du bald mal wieder ein paar Geschichten aus deinem Leben erzÀhlst.

    ganz herzliche GrĂŒĂŸe

    PD: Den Kalender finde ich traumhaft schön. Mal sehen, vielleicht kaufe ich ihn.

  12. Liebe Mervi, lieber MArko,

    danke fĂŒr die wieder wunderschnen Bilder aus Ranua.

    “Nalle” hat ein super Mulchbett bekommen. Klar, dass er sich darĂŒber freut und sich darin auch wohlfĂŒhlt.

    Aber auch mit den grĂŒnen Kugeln (Perlenkette, wie wir sie bei Knut nannten) hat der Kleine viel Spaß.

    Mama Venus kann stolz auf ihren sĂŒĂŸen Sohn sein.

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe

  13. TERVE!

    Dear MERVI – This time you succeeded in puzzling me completely:
    I was about convinced I didn’t read a lot of reports in ‘KWM’ lately.
    How on earth could I know these again wonderful pictures shot by Marko Junttila!??
    . . . After a while I did remember: for one time it seems I was quite quick;
    as I had discovered this series of NALLE’s adventures already in your flickr-album
    and even had commented some . . .

    The ‘KWM’ version is even more attractive as there are your appreciated funny comment in addition.

    Thank you so much for the night-pleasure!

    The young owls are ever sooooooo cuuuuuute!