News of Sulo and Juuso

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Kuusamo Predator Center

12.9.2017 – Source: The Kuusamo Predator Center

Sulo Karjalainen – now 76 years old! – and his beloved brown bear Juuso will soon stay as a statue in the town square in Kuusamo. The statue is being made by Juhani Honkainen and it will be revealed next Summer.

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– Oh, this is really too much ….. a country guy like me isn’t used to this kind of publicity, Sulo Karjalainen commented the news.

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There’s even a book of Sulo and his bears coming soon. At first the ‘bear papa’ wasn’t so enthusiastic about the statue and the book but finally gave his permission.

What kind of statue will it be?

Sulo has seen the miniature of the statue and liked it.

– It seems to be OK. Juuso and I are shaking paws ….. 🙂

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Of course, he’s excited to see how the final result will be. The bronze statue will be almost four meters high and weigh about five tons!

Juuso has been counting his toes

The Summer in the Kuusamo Predator Center has been as usual with lots of visitors. Even documentary makers from many countries have visited the Center. The interest for the bear park seems to be great all over the world.

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As you may remember Juuso is a world famous painter so Sulo and Pasi JĂ€ntti thought he would be painting again. However, this time the great artist didn’t feel inspired.

– I guess I gave him too much honey so Juuso was ‘drunk by suger’. He only wanted to lie down on the table and count his toes, Sule says laughing.

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There were even hopes for some romance between Juuso and the females Reeta and Tessu but Juuso wasn’t interested so most probably there will be no cubs this season.

Little by little the bears are preparing for the hibernation period. They already eat less and when they don’t feel like eating anymore they move to the land of dreams. It usually happens in late October or early November. In the end of April they start planning getting out of their dens again.

Sulo sometimes sings a lullaby to Juuso efore he starts hibernating. It remains to be seen if a lullaby will be needed even this year. 🙂

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Knuti’s Weekly wishes Sulo, Juuso, Pasi and all the bears in Kuusamo a pleasant Autumn and, of course, sweet dreams to the bears when they decide to take a Winter nap.

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  1. I guess he deserves this honor!
    He is a special man with lots of brown bear knowledge and – efforts.
    He looks great at this age! And he must have preserved lots of bodily and mental strength!

    Congratulations! in anticipation.
    Hopefully all this attention won’t be too much for the two ‘chaps’!

    It’s most important he himself likes the statue.
    I am looking forward to gettting more information about the forthcoming book and to geeting to know whether one can also order it from Germany directly.

    Simply gorgeous photos of the both, SULO and JUSSO!
    Who ever is/was the photographer: Congratulations!

    Thank you, dear MERVI, for this most interesting information and publication in ‘KWM’.

  2. Dear Mervi, it is always such a pleasure to receive good news from Sulo, Juuso and the rest of the gang. I wish them all a good Winter time (whether hibernating or not, whether needing a lullaby or not). Please keepus updated and thanks in advance.

  3. Einfach fantastisch!


  4. Das ist eine ganz besondere Geschichte von einem BĂ€ren und seinem Pfleger,
    die auch fĂŒr die Nachwelt erhalten bleiben sollte.
    In seinem bevorstehenden Winterschlaf wird er sich neue Motive fĂŒr seine
    Malereien ausdenken.
    Bis dahin wĂŒnsche ich einen geruhsamen Winterschlaf, lieber Juuso!

  5. Dear Mervi!
    To get news about Sulo and his bear friend Juuso is always a delight. Thank you for the pleasure!
    They are so cool and their relationship is unique and simply magic.
    I wish I could buy one of Juusos paintings one day but since that is beyond my pocket book I probably can go whistle for it…
    I wish also there would be a video of Sulo singing Juuso to sleep… What a heartwarming imagination!

    Kuusamo is with good reason proud to have such inhabitants!
    They absolutely deserve a monument to remind everybody of this wonderful friendship between an man and a magnificent and highly talented bear.


  6. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    Best wishes to Sulo, Juuso and everyone else in Kuusamo.

  7. Dear Mervi!
    Sulo and Juuso are the wonderful friends.

  8. Ich muss immer die Luft anhalten,
    wenn ich Bauer Juso mit dem
    riesigen BĂ€ren sehe. 🙂 Nicht
    zur Nachahmung empfohlen.

  9. Sollte natĂŒrlich Bauer Sulo heißen. 😉

  10. Liebe Mervi,

    mir geht es auch ein bißchen wie Chris, wenn ich den riesigen BĂ€ren zusammen mit seinem menschlichen Freund sehe.
    Es ist natĂŒrlich eine ganz besondere und auch schöne Geschichte. Und die Bilder sind super.
    Aber trotzdem hat man immer ein wenig Angst, das doch mal etwas passiert.
    Ich hoffe natĂŒrlich, dass das nie sein wird, und die beiden weiterhin ein schönes gemeinsames Leben haben werden.

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe

  11. Dear Mervi,

    Miracles do happen!
    Sulo and Juuso are just so outstanding you can’t but call it a miracle of love and devotion.
    Paws crossed their love story will go on forever.


  12. Liebe Mervi

    Ein toller Bericht !!!!

    Vielen Dank und viele GrĂŒĂŸe

  13. Liebe Mervi
    Diese Geschichte wird eines Tages auch einen
    Film kriegen.Sulo und Juuso sollen selbst erscheinen.

  14. Liebe Mervi,
    eine ganz besondere Freundschaft und die beiden verdienen ihre Statue!
    Was fĂŒr ein beeindruckendes Bild, der rießige BĂ€renkopf mit seinem zweibeinigen Freund.
    Ich wĂŒnsche allen in Kuusamo einen schönen Herbst und eine gute Winterruhe!
    Danke fĂŒrs Zeigen dieseer außergewöhnlichen Gemeinschaft.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe Moni K