Curious Hope – hot Wilbär

Apr 27th, 2018 | By | Category: Orsa

27.4.2018 – Photos and videos by Johanna Berglund

Hope has moved even closer to Ewa and Wilbär. At first she was more interested in the new surroundings than in the bear neighbours but now she has become more curious of them.

Hope’s diet is a bit different from what she had in Antibes but she has accustomed with the new ‘dishes’ and eats fish, pellettes and fishliver oil with good appetite. She is becoming a ‘Swedish polar bear’. 🙂

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The black spots on Hope’s head are caused by her scratching her head and her paws, too, against the fence.

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Wilbär has been very frustrated seeing and smelling Hope but not been able to be together with her. During the last few days even Hope has shown signs that she wants to meet Ewa and Wilbär. However, Ewa has been in heat and Wilbär hasn’t left her out of sight for a moment. 🙂

That’s why the introduction of Hope and Wilbär will have to wait because the keepers want to introduce these two to each other first. Later on even Ewa will join the duo. Hopefully they can live together in harmony.

This video shows Wilbär following every move Ewa makes.

Lately Ewa has kept Wilbär occupied but when Ewa tells him the fun is over he will be yearning for Hope again ….

I want to thank Johanna for the information and the illustrations! She has kindly promised to keep us updated about the development in Orsa so, please, stay tuned!

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  1. Liuebe Johanna,
    liebe Mervi,

    es ist fein, wieder von Hope in Orsa zu hoeren und zu sehen.
    Wilbaer hat nun richtig was zu tun und wird sich zuerst
    einmal um Ewa bemühen, obwohl ihn die junge Lady vielleicht
    mehr interessiert.

    Imm noch so viel Schnee dort zu sehen, ist klasse.

    Liebe Grüße und vielen Dank für den Bericht!

  2. Dear Mervi and Johanna
    The two photographs of Hope show a beautiful young Polar Bear, who is a credit to Raspi and Flocke.
    Orsa are very well placed to ensure that all three bears get the best introduction to one another.
    Ewa will want to ensure that Hope shows her due respect as the older female, but in turn will probably welcome the company of another female Polar Bear, as we know from the ladies in Berlin.
    Wilbaer will have to learn that his excitement needs to be contained, as in Orsa his ladies can run away faster than he can chase them. Polar Bear ladies have been practising “Me Too” long before their human counterparts.

  3. Dear Mervi, dear Johanna,

    It’s nice to hear, that Hope is doing well!
    Is there so much snow yet in Orsa?
    Oh, the polar bears like it!


  4. thanks again for this news from hope. marineland polar bear zookeeper

  5. Dear Mervi and Johanna!
    Thank you for this update from the polar bears in Orsa!
    These are for sure exciting times for all three and I keep my fingers crossed for them.
    Hopefully they will harmonize with each other.

    I found it funny when in the first video Wilbär was crawling through the snow after Ewa.


  6. Ich denke, es ist vielleicht noch etwas früh,
    Wilbär und Hope zu vergesellschaften. Der
    Altersunterschied ist doch sehr groß. So
    können sie sich erstmal durch den Zaun
    beschnüffeln. Schön, dass sich Hope
    an ihre neue Diät gewöhnt hat. 🙂

  7. Dear Mervi and Johanna,

    Thanks for this good news from Orsa!

    xo k-j

  8. Dear Mervi and Johanna!
    Thank you for the good news from Orsa. I am glad Hope is doing well at the new place.
    I am curious how it will be with Hope and Wilbär.

  9. Liebe Mervi, liebe Johanna,

    schön, die Bären in Orsa haben noch Schnee. Ich denke mal, dass Hope sich über das Klima in Orsa sicher freut. Sie sieht richtig gut aus. Und das sie an ihre Nachbarn schon interessiert ist, hört sich auch gut an.

    Ich meine auch, dass man sich mit der Vergesellschaft der Bären Zeit lassen sollte. Aber ich bin mir sicher, die Pfleger in Orsa wissen was sie tun.

    Danke für die neusten Bilder und die Videos.

    Liebe Grüße

  10. dear Mervi and dear Johanna,
    thank you very much for this good news from Orsa. Ewa, Wilbär and Hope are looking good and I hope so much that soon all three bears can live together in their cosy home and will make friendship. I am glad Hope like the Swedish food. I send good wishes to Ewa, Wilbär and Hope
    big paw waves and dear greetings to Sweden

  11. Liebe Mervi!

    Danke für die guten Nachrichten von Hope, sie sieht gut aus und es ist sicher richtig, dass die Pfleger den Eisbären Zeit lassen, sich aneinander zu gewöhnen.

    Schade dass Flocke und Raspi nicht sehen können, wie schön es Hope getroffen hat.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  12. Liebe Johanna und liebe Mervi,
    Hope kannte bisher noch keinen Zaun und dass sie so nah daran sein darf, im Marineland ist überall die Stromleitung.
    Wird für Hope eine neue Erfahrung mit Wilbär und Ewa zusammen zu kommen und dann hat sie Spielkameraden!
    Vielen Dank, war mir eine Freude die Bären im Orsapark sehen zu können, mit so schönen Bildern.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K