Hope and Wilbär are curious

Mar 7th, 2018 | By | Category: Orsa

7.3.2018 – Photos by Johanna Berglund

It’s again my great pleasure to forward Johanna’s greetings from Orsa to you.

Ever since Hope arrived in Orsa Wilbär has felt her scent. He walks to and fro along the hence behind which Hope is. Hope is often doing the same on her side of the hence but Wilbär is obviously more curious.


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The first days after her arrival Hope prefered to stay in a smaller enclosure near the stable. Maybe she thought the bigger enclosure was a little frightening. However, Hope has now mobilized enough mood to come to the bigger enclosure. She likes to have a nap or two there during the day time.

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We have a trainee studying Hope’s behaviour. She follows Hope daily making notes of what she does and how she developes. It will be interesting to see how our young bear girl has developed during her time here.

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We haven’t noticed any change in Ewa’s behaviour after Hope’s arrival to the park. All the bears are eating well, play a lot in the snow and enjoy lazying on a sunny afternoon. Hope is getting used to her new ‘diet – it takes some time to get used to the Swedish flavours. 🙂

The following photos show us Ewa in the snow

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Our tiger babies are very active now. Mama Zaria is busy keeping an eye on them and bringing them back to the den if they escape too far. It will take a while until the kids are allowed to explore the stables themselves.

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The proud mama Zaria sometimes takes a break outside the den for some moments by herself. You can see the dark spots on her breast showing where the babies have been eating.

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I’m not sure if this is the mama or the papa of the cute Persian leopard kitten. Well, the message is clear anyway: Keep away from my baby!

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Hope in the snow

The brown bears are still hibernating but soon they start to wake up. We have lots of snow so if they decide to come out very early they might have a white chock. 🙂

Mette and her cubbies

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  1. Dear Mervi and Johanna
    Thank you for this wonderful report. Hope must be amazed to have so much snow and also fascinated by the scent of two
    Polar Bears. We are all looking forward to see how they get on.
    Zaria and her cub also seem happy in the snow.

  2. Dear Mervi and Johanna,

    Thanks so much for this report from Orsa!

    Hope looks happy in the snow…it will be
    fascinating to follow the development of
    the relationships with the bears.

    It was fun to see some of the other animals
    there as well.

    Thanks again.

    xo k-j

  3. Dear Mervi and Johanna!
    Wow, that´s what I call winter, the perfect weather for polar bears.

    I´m happy for Hope! She´s getting used to the new circumstanzes and surely has a lot of fun in the snow.
    We all are curious to see what will happen when all three bears will be united. Hopefully they will cope with the new situation, be good friends and play with each other. That would be really great!
    I´ll keep my fingers crossed.

    The tiger mom is a beauty for sure and her cubs are sweet as candy, simply adorable.

    The kitten of the Persian leopards has grown a lot but is ever so cute. Good that mom and dad watch out for it!

    All good things come in threes and Mette is a proud mother of three cute little brown sweeties now. What a nice surprise!
    Thank you for the beautiful pics, videos and the good news!


  4. Dear Mervi,
    thank you for the pictures from Orsa. Hope enjoys the snow. Wilbär is interested in the new girl. I hope Ewa will be nice to Hope too. Ewa looks great.
    The tiger mama with her cubs is lovely. The Persian leopard child is very cute.

  5. Dear Johanna and Mervi

    Thank you for the excellent photos from Orsa.
    It seems, that Hope accepted her new home
    very soon. She looks relaxed and curious. .)
    Ewa had a good time, enjoying the winter
    sun. Wilbär is a huge bear now ! The
    tiger kids are cute and Mama cares
    well. The cubbie of the leopard is
    bigger. I wish Mette and her
    babies all the best! 🙂

    Chris 🙂

  6. Liebe Mervi, liebe Johanna!

    Danke für die wunderbaren Bilder aus Orsa. Schön dass Hope sich so gut eingelebt hat und sich mit den anderen gut versteht. Ewa ist eine wunderschöne Lady und die Kaetzchen sind allerliebst.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  7. Liebe Mervi und liebe Johanna

    So wundervolle Bilder !!!
    Vielen herzlichen Dank dafür


  8. Liebe Mervi,

    das sind gute Nachrichten aus Orsa über Hope, die um dieses Winterparadies zu beneiden ist.
    Auf die engere Begegnung mit ihr Ewa und Wilbär darf man gespannt sein.

    Die Katzenbabies sind bezaubernd und werden von ihren Müttern gut bewacht.

    Dir und Johanna vielen Dank für die Neuigkeiten aus Orsa!
    Liebe Grüße

  9. Liebe Mervi und Johanna,

    vielen Dank für die wieder wunderschönen Fotos aus Orsa.
    Ewa, Wilbär, und vor allem Hope haben viel Spaß im Schnee. Es freut mich zu sehen, dass sich Hope so richtig wohlfühlt.

    Die Tigerbabys sind sehr niedlich.

    Das ist ja eine Überraschung. Mette hat gleich drei Babys. Und sie sind noch so winzig und supersüß, Ich hoffe, sie bleiben alle drei gesund.

    Liebe Grüße

  10. Liebe Mervi und liebe Johanna,
    Glückwunsch an den Orsa Park für so viel niedlichem Nachwuchs!
    Leopardenbaby, Tigerbabys und noch 3 kleine Braunbärchen, niedlicher geht’s es nicht mehr.
    Hope, Ewa und Wilbär geht es gut in ihrem Schneeparadies und spannend wird es erst wenn
    die 3 Eisbären zusammen geführt werden.
    Vielen Dank, für die schönen Bilder/Videos.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  11. Dear Mervi!

    What a surprise to learn Hope has found her new home in Orsa!
    I can imagine you have already planned your visit, haven’t you?
    Wonder how Wilbär and Ewa will accept their new ‘room-mate’.

    Best wishes for Wilbär, Ewa and Hope!

    Hugs and pawwaves

  12. Indeed, it’s a pleasure to me to see/hear/watch news from ORSA, to be precise from the polar bear trio there!

    I am happy to learn: “We haven’t noticed any change in Ewa’s behaviour after Hope’s arrival to the park. All the bears are eating well, play a lot in the snow and enjoy lazying on a sunny afternoon.” and – of course! – also to get to know that HOPE seems to feel well in the completely new environment and with two bears that are already ‘familiar’ 🙂 with each other since a rather long time while she still has to get accustomed to everything. . . . Good WILBAER is curious but also (still) patient!

    Tigers (and also the Persian Leo) are also most pretty.

    Thanks to ‘ORSA PREDATOR CENTER’, to Johanna Berglund and to Mervi!