Hurray! The Winter has arrived in Ranua!

Oct 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Ranua 2017

25.10.2017 – Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Hello again! This time I have  really exciting news for you! It’s been snowing a lot and the ground in our enclosure is covered with the white stuff! Even our pool has frozen although the ice is still too thin to carry my weight. The Winter is here!

The two legged creatures are not as happy as mama and I but we don’t let it bother us! We just enjoy!

There are still some non-snowy spots on the ground but as you can see I don’t need a camouflage outfit to hide myself.

OK, my licorice nose may reveal my hiding place. Well, I don’t want hide from you anyway because I know you want to see me. 🙂

It’s wonderful to feel the snow under my paws and my boomsie again!

Mama told me it would be Winter soon and as usual she was right. She’s a real weather prophet don’t you agree?

We’re making plans for our Winter days. We can make snow balls, we can dig caves or we can just roll in the snow …. Oh bear, we’re going to have so much fun!

The water is ice cold now that pieces of ice are floating in it. I must warn everybear and everybody to enter the thin ice. We must wait until the rivers, lakes and pools are really frozen!

As you may remember I love snow gliding so I want much more snow!

Dear Mr and Mrs Snow Flake! Please, come and visit me – and take all your children with you!

Here’s a recently taken portrait of me. Feel free to express your admiration. 🙂

I’m not the only one enjoying the first days of this Winter.

I wouldn’t like to play hide-and-seek with this snow owl. It would be very difficult to find it!

The reindeers are also happy about the snow. Maybe Santa – who lives very near Ranua – will come soon so they can start rehearsing the great Christmas tour to all the children in the world!

The dhole watches over the big piece of meat. As you can see there’s a potential thief nearby. 🙂

Oooops! It’s very slippery here!

The deers seem to be wondering what’s happening.

I’m sure they understand we’re witnessing the Wintré – the entry of the Winter.

The moose mama with her calf is cool as a cucumber!

The beavers are busy filling their food supplies.

Another kind of window for the den?

The utter doesn’t mind the cold water either.

Who’s afraid of some snow? Not this piggy anyway!

With these beautiful bird photos by Marko I leave you for now. I must hurry to play with mama! See you soon again.

Love from your pal Sisu

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  1. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    The photos of Marko Junttila are wonderful.
    Best wishes to Venus, Sisu and the other animals in Ranua.

  2. Dear Mervi, dear Marko!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures from Ranua.
    The winter is arrived in Ranua. Sisu and Venus are happy about the snow. I think the snow owl and the reindeers are happy about the snow too.
    I wish all animals good time in the winter. In the zoo they will get enough food.
    The birds with the red berries are wonderful.

  3. So früh Winter – das wäre nichts für mich.
    Aber es freut mich natürlich für die Bären. 🙂
    Danke auch für die Fotos der anderen Tiere.

  4. Oh, yes, dear Ranua-NALLE-SISU, we want to see you and your unbeatable sweet black licorice nose!

    Amazing what news you bring us this time: SNOW! . . . I am very much looking forward to getting the pleasure to see you and your beautiful Mama VENUS rolling in deep RANUA-snow.

    Your recently taken portrait of you, dear SISU – I’am quite sure MARKO JUNTTILA was again your personal photographer!? – is more than beautiful. It looks like a very precious painting: the color, the dimensions a n d YOU are just perfect! . . . But Ialso like very much the pic where your Mama turns towards you and you are siting behind her like a still really very gentle polar bear cub! (look at pic-title ‘Oh bear, we’re going to have so much fun!’ . . . 🙂

    Thank you and your friend MARKO and your godmother MERVI for having brought to us not only all those gorgeous photos of you and your mum but also lots of hilarious photos of your handsome neighbors who seem also be very happy with the first snow: snow oal, deers, dholes (like those guys!), mooses, bievers, sweet utter, piggy and colorful birds with even red berries around!

    Looking forward to meeting you soon again in ‘KWM’ with new reports of your autumn-/winter-chalenges and -adventures.

  5. Dear Mervi, dear Marko,

    Winter-Wonderland is coming, already reached Ranua and Sisu is happy. Bear what wants more. Very enchanting pictures. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Many fluffy bear hugs


  6. Morjens Sisu-poik!

    Jaa, et on Ranualki talv. Tääll Turs tul kans talv valla äkkiste. Mää tosa kattosin telkkarin, ku toimeiän miäs tualt jääkaapin takka huutel, et siäl tule lunt.
    Se ei kyll meikätytyy ilahruta ollenka. ko tarttis pääst asjoil huamenis ja Knuflfin all on viäl noi suvikummi.
    Snuul varmaste kovi lysti leikki lumes vaikk autorenkkail, mut mnuust ei ol ollenka huvittava leikki automabiili, jos on suvikummi.
    Kerro nyt kovast terveyksi sill äirelles. Hää on niin kovi kaunis siin valkoses mynterinkis.


    Alles dies was uf Sisu´s und meins geheimeDialekt geschrieben.

  7. Dear Mervi and Marko,

    Thank you for the lovely photos and story of Sisu’s winter wonderland!

    LG, Christine

  8. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for bringing us these wonderful winter impressions of the Ranua Zoo!

    The photos of Venus and her handsome little son are heartwarming. I am happy for them that their favoured season has already arrived.
    My favorites are: the one where Sisu is sniffing the air – he looks quite satisfied -, the one on which he seems to howl like a wolf, the two together with his mum and the photo on which he is testing the ice.

    I love all the other pics too. The animals look gorgeous in the snow.
    Wintertime in Finland seems to be quite different and more beautiful than in Germany…
    I hope in Berlin winter with snow and ice waits till December…

    The pics of the Bohemian waxwing (Seidenschwanz) and the red berries are real works of art!


  9. Dear Mervi and Marko
    The combination of your words and pictures
    from Ranua show a magical snowy world.
    No wonder Sisu is so delighted. Thank you for this
    gorgeous treat.

  10. Liebe Mervi!

    Brrr, ich bin kein Eisbär und daher froh, dass bei uns der Schnee zur Zeit nur auf den Bergen liegt, aber ich freue mich für die Bärchen, die haben ihren Spass mit Eis und Schnee und auch das rchtige Fell!
    Danke für die wunderschöne Bilder.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  11. Liebe Mervi,

    für die Bären in Ranua freue ich mich über den frühen Schneefall und Sisu wird wieder jede Menge Spaß haben in der weißen Pracht, die ja sein natürlicher Lebensraum ist.
    Deine herrlichen Kommentare sind immer wieder ein Genuß – “Dear Mr and Mrs Snow Flake! Please, come and visit me – and take all your children with you! – einfach göttlich!

    Auch die anderen Bewohner in Ranua fühlen sich in der Schneepracht wohl und ich hoffe, dass der hübsche Vogel auch etwas von den reichlichen Futtergaben im Park abbekommt.

    Vielen Dank an dich und Marko für die tollen Fotos!

  12. Dear Mervi
    Dear Marko

    What great information from Ranua. The first snow in this winter !!!
    Sisu would like much fun in and with the snow 🙂

    Great pictures
    Thank you so much

  13. Dear Mervi, dear Marko,
    Sisu knows it right, the two legged creatures are not happy, but the animals in Ranua love the snow.
    So lovely pictures! Thank you very much. What a joy to watch and to read.
    Vielen herzlichen Dank!
    Liebe Grüße, Annemarie

  14. Dear Mervi!

    Thank you for the wonderful photos of the cute Nalle and the funny Report!


  15. Dear Sisu, Mervi & Marko!

    This year’s Wintrée couldn’t be praised in better words and pictures!
    What an awesome report and all of the pictured stars just look great.
    Mr. Beaver’s window repair service might be needed soon with another storm piling up to hit us at the weekend. So he better stock up on his supplies.

    Hugs and pawwaves to the creative team!

  16. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    wie schön endlich wieder Schnee und nicht nur Sisu und Venus freuen sich.
    Schöne und niedliche Bilder von Sisu aber für mich ist der schöne Vogel der Hit!
    Herzlichen Dank und liebe Grüße
    Moni K

  17. Liebe Mervi, lieber Marko,

    das ist ja eine Überraschung. Der erste Schnee in dieser Saison in Ranua ist gefallen. Und Marko hat uns wieder wunderschöne Fotos gesandt. Danke.

    Sisu und Venus werden sich sicher über den ersten Schnee gefreut haben. Aber auch die anderen Tiere scheinen dem Schnee nicht abgeneigt zu sein.

    Das Foto vom Otter mit der kleinen “Eisscheibe” ist super.

    Mir gefallen auch die beiden letzten Fotos von den hübschen Vögeln besonders gut.

    Liebe Grüße

  18. dear Mervi,
    Ii is so nice to see, that Sisu and all the other lovely animals have now a winter paradise in Ranua.I like all the pictures which Marko has sent to you. Thank you for sharing with us here.
    terve dear Sisu, I am glad to see you in a good mood together with your dear Mama, enjoy your precious time together, big paw waves
    dear greetings to all