Polar bear fun in Udmurtia Zoo

Sep 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: News from the Bear World

2.9.2017 – Quelle: Udmurtia Zoo

Sun bathing and swimming are polar bears’ favourite hobbies during the Summer time. However, the white giants need different kinds of enrichment throughout the year.

‘Inventing’ new means of enrichment is a challenge to the keepers but they love to spoil their bears in many ways. The more interesting the bear spends it’s days, the better it’s mood will be, which means he has better appetite, he will be cheerful, strong, healthy and willing to share his fun with the visitors, too!

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One of the most popular toys is a kind of rattle. Not a child’s rattle but a big bear rattle which is a jerrican filled with things that ‘make noise’.

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Our polar bears love the frozen Eskimos which their keeper prepare for them. The recipe: Take a bucket or a plastic bottle, fill it with tasty berries and then let it freeze in a freezer.

Skittles and balls are traditional toys of polar bears. The collection is constantly replenished, because they can not withstand the treatment with sharp teeth and powerful claws for very long.

One of the latest innovations in a series of amusing games was invented by ‘accident’ – the bears began to cuddle in the water, winning a stormy applause of visitors. Bot the bears and the visitors love these cuddling games. 🙂

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There are four polar bears in this zoo – the males Aion and Balou, the females Dumka and Zabava. Only Zabava was born in a zoo (St Petersburg, parents: Uslada and Menschikov) – the others were found as cubs in the wild.

Polar bears in the zoo of Udmurtia treated with ice cream

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  1. Hallo Mervi

    Jetzt wissen wir also, wo Zabava steckt.
    Die BĂ€ren scheinen viel Spaß zu haben.
    Danke fĂŒr den Bericht! 🙂

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe
    Chris 🙂

  2. Dear Mervi!
    What a nice surprise to get news about Zabava, the latest offspring of Uslada and Menschikow.
    I remember her well. She was such a cute polar bear girl and now she is nearly grown up.

    I am happy all four bears are doing well, even the orphans.
    It is great the bears are kept busy and the keepers seem to be very ingenious in that respect.

    I loved the ice cream video! That day must have been fantastic from the bears point of view…

    Thank you for editing!


  3. Liebe Mervi,

    hmmm, Eiscreme fĂŒr BĂ€ren, das ist mal eine tolle Überraschung.
    Hoffentlich gab es danach kein Bauchweh.
    Die BÀren werden gut beschÀftigt und das Wiedersehen mit Zabava
    ist die Belohnung fĂŒr deine unermĂŒdlichen Nachforschungen im Netz.
    Feine Bilder, vielen Dank!

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe

  4. Dear Mervi
    You really have been working for us.
    Zabava was a lovely cub and now she
    has a new family.
    The Zoo seems to understand how to
    keep the Polars active and they look
    in good shape.

  5. Liebe Mervi!

    Ich bin gluecklich, dass wir von Zabava gruesse bekommen. Sie ist si niedlich.
    Danke, danke, danke.



  6. dear Mervi,
    I am very glad to hear of Zabava, it seems she has found a good home. It is wonderful to see these content Polar bears. I wish all the 4 bears a long good life and often many friendly visitors, Thank you for sharing this report and the pictures with us and a big thank to the photographer.
    dear greetings

  7. Dear Mervi, when watching the little video, one thing is for sure: not the smallest drop of the ice cream was spoiled!!! Ah well, for loving the ice, they must be polar bears, isn’t it. But actually, I must say that I love the ideas of the keepers to keep the bears busy and entertained. And as we can read, it doesn’t need so much, just some good plans and love for the bears.

  8. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    Best wishes to Aion, Balou, Dumka and Zabava.

  9. Liebe Mervi,
    gleich 2 junge EisbÀrenpaare in diesem Zoo und die kleine Zabava hat jetzt hier ihr Zuhause.
    NatĂŒrlich lieben auch EisbĂ€ren Eiscreme und wie schnell das leckere Eis weggeschleckt wird.
    Danke Dir ar interessant von dem mir total unbekannten Zoo in Rußland Bilder zu sehen.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe Moni K

  10. Liebe Mervi,

    wie cool ist das denn. Da wĂŒrde ich auch gerne EisbĂ€r sein. Soviele EistĂŒten.

    Ich habe von diesem Zoo auch noch nie etwas gehört, aber sie scheinen ihre EisbÀren zu verwöhnen, und das gefÀllt mir.

    Danke fĂŒrs Einstellen und liebe GrĂŒĂŸe