A year ago Sisu and Quintana came to the world

Nov 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Birthdays

21.11.2017 by Mervi

On this day a year ago two sweet polar bear cubbies were born. We didn’t know that immediately but had to wait a while until the happy news reached us.

In the mid March it was time for Venus to present her baby boy whom we called ‘Nalle’ in the beginning. Later the sweet boy got a very suitable name – Sisu!

It was fantastic to follow Sisu’s first outing live in the Finnish TV. Even the weather was most suitable for this special occasion – it was snowing!

The charming, sweet cubbie  stole my heart and hasn’t returned it. Well, I don’t want it back either! 🙂

The highlight of this year was the visit in Ranua when I could see Sisu with my own eyes.

Sisu and mama Venus love each other!

Even Hellabrunn provided us with happy family news. Giovanna had given birth to a lovely baby girl who later got the name Quintana.

This is how she looked on her first day outside the den – already very curious about her surroundings.

Quintana has proved to be her mother’s daughter and she certainly isn’t afraid of any kind of challenges.

Tender moments with the mother and the child

A polar bear madonna with her baby girl

This photo is one of my absolute favourites!



I wish you both lots of health and happiness!

Even Dumba has sent her birthday greetings to Sisu:

Photo credits to Marko Junttila (Ranua) and Anita (Hellabrunn)

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  1. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Sisu and Venus.
    Happy Birthday, dear Sisu!
    Happy Birthday, dear Quintana!


  2. One year ago, the message of the birth of two polar bear cubs – one high up in the Norht, and one rather more in the South) did spread like wildfire:
    Real little treasures in the polar bear world did touch this earth and in the same time our hearts.

    Dear MERVI, you touched our hearts today not only in reminding this day but also in showing
    those gorgeous and heartwarming pictures of the two cubs (as single images and together with their
    beautiful and most skilled* mothers. . . . . * talented/skilled as mothers and in so many other ways!

    Dear MERVI, you didn’t only bring us most charming pictures and your beloved accopanying words
    at the occasion of the 1st birthday of even TWO lovelies in ‘our polar bear world’ ( 🙂 )
    but you did reveal in the same time that there are more young musical talents in the making in the PB-world:

    Not only KNUT was and WOLODJA is a ‘flute-/pipe-/recorder-player’ but there are also new talents,
    such as Mrs.Q / QUINTANA -> Please see above!

    😉 🙂

  3. Forgot to say ‘Thank you’ for your sweet collages, one for each of the little birthday childs
    – in both all your love towards white (or occasioanlly also grey t oblack) PB-furball-cubs can be seen! –
    and also ‘Thanks’ to Marko Junttila (Ranua) and Anita (Hellabrunn) for allowing you to use
    their wonderful pictures (and videos) in your ‘KWM’.

  4. Dear Mervi!
    You chose wonderful and heartwarming photos of these sweet polar bear cubbies and their beautiful mums for this birthday tribute. – Thanx to Anita and Marko who took them. –
    Your appropriate winterly birthday collages are again lovely little pieces of art.
    Thank you very much for your time and effort!

    Happy Birthday dear Quintana and Sisu!
    I wish you all the best and a good, long and happy life.
    I am convinced you both will be spoiled on this special day. Have fun!


  5. Liebe Mervi,

    danke für diese bezaubernden Fotos von unseren heutigen Geburtstagsbären.
    So schnell vergeht die Zeit mit diesem Niedlichkeitsfaktor der ersten Lebensmonate.
    Ich kann gut verstehen, dass der Besuch bei SISU der absolute Hype in diesem Jahr
    für euch war.

    Ich wünsche den beiden Youngsters weiterhin ein gesundes und gutes Bärenleben!

    Liebe Grüße und danke an Anita & Marco für die tollen Fotos!

  6. Liebe Mervi!

    Ich wünsche den beiden alles alles Gute! Beide sind ja mächtig gewachsen und es ist suess zu sehen, wie klein und putzig die waren.
    Danke für die wunderschönen Bilder und die schöne Collagen.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  7. dear Mervi,
    thank you so much for this sweet and tender birthday page for Sisu and Quintana. All the pictures and collages are lovely. I am so glad for you and Vesa, that you both could visit the dear Sisu and his parents in Finland, what a joy and a big gift it was for you.
    dear Sisu and dearQuintana,
    I wish you a happy and long life, we all love you and are happy to see more pictures of you
    enjoy the wonderful time of your life together with your dear Mamas
    big paw waves

  8. Liebe Quntana

    Alles Gute zum ERSTEN Geburtstag !!!
    Das war heute Vormittag eine schöne Feier!
    Bis bald und laß Dich von Mama Knuddeln

  9. Thank you, Dear Mervi for your wonderful Threat

  10. Liebe Mervi,
    die Baerchen werden viel zu schnell gross!
    Ich wünsche Quintana und Sisu dass sie gesund bleiben und ein gutes
    weiteres Jahr mit ihren Müttern verbringen können.
    Nicht zu vergessen auch Vera und Charlotte haben heute ihren 15. und 3.
    Alles Gute den Vieren!
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  11. Dear Mervi
    You have made a beautiful tribute to
    Sisu and Qintana. It has been exciting to
    follow them and their lovely mothers.

  12. Alles Gute für Sisu und Quintana.
    Vielleicht werden sie später mal
    ein Paar. – wer weiß ? 🙂

  13. Liebe Mervi,

    das ist eine ganz bezaubernde Geburtstagsseite für Sisu und Quintana, vor allem auch die Bilder im Rückblick mit ihren Müttern Venus und Giovanna.
    Auch die Collagen sind wieder wunderschön.

    Wenn auch etwas spät, dennoch möchte ich Sisu und Quintans nachträglich zum Geburtstag gratulieren. Ich wünsche den beiden eine schöne und gesunde Zukunft.

    Liebe Grüße

  14. Dear Mervi, Sisu’s Godmum,

    You couldn’t have created a more charming birthday tribute for Prince Sisu and Princess Quintana!
    Both of them have become jolly teenagers – not only to their mamas’ delight but also for all of us whose hearts they have captured.

    A very hearty belatedly to both polar bears and a big thank you to you, Mervi!


  15. Dear Quintana and Sisu, you both are gorgeous and that isn’t a bit surprise considering the mothers. Enjoy the time that you can stay with your mammy because they need to learn you a lot of things before becoming independent.