Sisu’s Winter games with mama

Dec 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Lead articles

13.12.2017 – Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Terve! Hello! I guess many of you are dreaming of a white Christmas. Here in Ranua  we don’t have to dream – the Winter Wonderland is reality for us!

I hope you can find me in the snow! What luck I have my licorice coloured eyes and nose as ‘guiding stars’! 🙂

I’ve heard my brother Ranzo has two girlfriends now that Nora from Tallinn has moved to Vienna. I find it a bit unfair – I haven’t even got ONE girlfriend. What has Ranzo got that I haven’t??

You must admit I look very white, fluffy and roundish! Every polar bear girl should fall in love with me …. I’m more than convinced of that!

Venus: Dear boy, you’re far too young to think of girlfriends! You have a dear friend Quintana in Hellabrunn. That’s enough for the time being.

OK, mama – as a matter of fact I’m sure nobear could give me more gentle hugs than you.

Hihihii, when I make myself look like a tiny cubbie I always get things going my way. This is strictly between you and me. I don’t want my ‘secret weapon’ to be revealed to mama!

Winter is fantastic!

I love to pose for Marko’s camera because I look so cute in his photos!

A snowy boomsie and sweet paws!

Venus: If you have admired yourself enough now maybe you will come and have fun with mama?

My mama is so tender and kind – but only with me. I don’t recommend you to come near her …..

Our keepers sometimes hide yammy food so we can go treasure hunting.

Can you guess who’s feeding who? – Oh bear, our furs have turned pink!!! I wonder if the food caused that ….

Playtime again! When the two legged mothers get older they stop playing. What luck my mama is a polar bear!

How I wish all my friends had snow now! Nothing compares to this white stuff!

Hello birdie! It’s very easy to see you against the snow.

Mama, how many nights do I have to sleep until it’s Christmas? I have so much to do and I want to ‘finish my business’ in good time.

Venus: Dear boy, with your never ending energy I’m sure you’ll be ready way before Christmas. 🙂

Last Christmas I was too small to enjoy this special holiday but this year I’m going to make the best of it!

Oh bear, it’s time to take a little break. Just thinking of everything I have to do made me sleepy. But don’t you worry, after a short nap I’ll be full of energy again!

See you soon again! Have a cosy Advent time!

Your pal Sisu


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  1. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for the wonderful winter pictures from Ranua. Siku and Venus enjoy the snow.

  2. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Again you brought marvellous pics from this winter fairy tale in Ranua to us. They are breathtaking gorgeous! Thank you so much!

    Sisu is quite a frisky young polar bear. Although he grew a lot he still looks as sweet as a polar bear cub can look: this cute face, a well nourished body, fluffy fur and these cute paws – deep entranced sigh…

    It is wonderful and heartwarming to see him playing and having fun protected by his beautiful mum Venus.
    That´s how it should be – even in the wild…


  3. TERVE! happy snow boy SISU with your beautiful partially black paws and your ‘Lakritze-nose’
    as your Godmother MERVI uses to say! Normally it would be impossible to detect you WHITE BOY
    in all that white of the snow but due to the before said it’s easily possible anyway.

    Your ‘secret wappon’, my dear boy, is well known by anyone in the world, human or animal – no diffference!
    But I have to admit you are brilliant in it! You look so ‘awwww . . . ‘ that everybody – not only your mum –
    can resist you 😉

    Dear boy SISU you did present yourself, your Mum VENUS, your neighbor-animals, your surrounding,
    all the white and the sun just perfectly – with a little help of your court photographer MARKO JUNTTILA
    and your ‘word-giver’ and Godmother MERVI (she never fails to find matching words! to Marko’s pics).

    Big thanks to the three of you.

    Please continue to be such a happy and healthy boy – and please stay gentle with your mother VENUS.

  4. . . . please read ‘nobody’ instead of ‘everybody’ above . . .

  5. Dear Mervi
    Dear Marko,

    what will i say???
    Only WONDERFUL!!!!

    Hugs Anita

  6. Liebe Mervi,

    an den Fotos von Susu kann ich mich nicht sattsehen. Eines ist schöner als das andere.
    Natürlich passen deine Texte wieder super zu jedem Foto und Sisu ist ein wahres Super-Model!

    Gut, dass Marko vor Ort ist und jede Gelegenheit nutzt, um Mutter und Sohn zu besuchen und zu
    fotografieren. Um die Schneemassen würden andere Eisbären die Beiden beneiden, aber
    vielleicht wird es noch etwas mit der weißen Pracht. Früh genug angefangen hat der Winter schon mal,
    er muss nur noch liefern.

    Vielen Dank für die bezaubernden Bilder Marko und Dir, Mervi, für die tollen Texte!
    Herzliche Grüße

  7. Dear Mervi and Marko
    Sisu need not worry yet about growing up.
    Despite his size he is still a cub and Mother
    Venus knows how to take care of him.
    I am quite happy for Ranua to have my share
    of the snow as well.

  8. Lieber Marko, liebe Mervi

    Die Fotos sind wieder klasse!
    Sisu und Mama Venus haben
    viel Spaß im Schnee. So sollte
    Winter aussehen! 🙂

    Herzliche Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  9. Liebe Mervi!

    Danke für die wunderschönen Bilder aus diesem Winterwonderland! Die beiden haben so viel Spaß und Sisu sieht wirklich zum verlieben aus, er braucht sich keine Sorgen machen, die Eisbär -Girlies werden schlangestehen. Mein Lieblingsbild ist der putzige Boomsie.
    Danke natürlich auch an Marko, der diesen Cutie so toll ablichtet.
    Euch allen noch einen schönen Advent.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  10. Liebe Mervi, lieber Marko,

    vielen Dank für die superschönen Bilder aus Ranua. Eisbären im Schnee sehen einfach immer klasse aus. Da kommen die Tazen so richtig zur Geltung.

    Sisu soll seine Kindheit mit seiner Mama noch richtig genießen, denn ein erwachsener Eisbärmann hat es manchmal nicht einfach.

    Liebe Grüße

  11. terve dear Sisu,
    I am very glad to see how much fun you and your Mama have in the wonderful snow, you can play so lovely together and even the birdie wants to play with you both. Enjoy every day of your precious childhood. And with the great help of Marko we can watch such nice pictures. I send you and your dear Mama big paw waves and good wishes.
    Thank you dear Mervi and dear Marko for this sweet up date from Ranua ,always a big pleasure for me
    dear greetings to you in the North

  12. Liebe Mervi,

    lieben Dank, dass du aus den wunderbaren Fotos von Sisu und seiner Mama Venus so eine schöne Geschichte gezaubert hast. Wie alle Kinder tobt das Bärenkind unglaublich gern im Schnee und mit Mama geht das am allerbesten.

    Viele Grüße und ein schönes Adventswochenende