Everything unusual interests Nora and Ranzo

Aug 30th, 2018 | By | Category: Nora and Ranzo in Vienna

30.8.2018 by Evi from Tallinn

The polar bears area in the Vienna Zoo is partly bordered by cliffs. Into these rocks are also built the keepers’ rooms. Because the windows of these rooms are in the side of the bears enclosure, it’s very interesting for Nora and Ranzo sometimes look in. Everything unusual seems interesting!



For a long time in one position – it’s so tiring! Nora knows, that it’s necessary to relax in the meantime. She will do some relaxation exercises.





The people’s world seems so different. To understand something of this, you have to watch for a long time, but it’s tiring – Nora will fall asleep …


Some tender moments are needed, too!






The algae and reed is not so usual in the polar bears enclosure. Anyway, this green area is also sometimes quite exciting.

Nora breaks and chews the reed. Ranzo seems a little nervous and just walks.






The bears seem a bit tired. They can’t decide: to go swimming or not.






Nora goes into the pool to play with her lovely yellow ball, Ranzo prefers to lie down. Nora plays for quite along time, but then also she got tired and fell asleep.





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  1. Dear Evi!
    It is great to know, that Nora and Ranzo watch their keepers. 🙂
    I am glad to see that Nora and Ranzo are on the good terms, they both look nice.

  2. Dear Evi
    Nora and Ranzo look really relaxed in the their lovely enclosure
    I did enjoy the way that they can watch what their keepers are doing. Polar Bears really love to control what is happening in their neighbourhood.
    Not surprisingly Nora is the active and playful one, whereas Ranzo prefers to rest. It is hard work being a male-or?

  3. Dear Evi,

    It’s really unusual that the polar bears can keep an eye on their keepers! It’s obvious that Nora and Ranzo are very interested watching what the keepers are up to! 🙂

    I love the photos of the tender moments. No doubt Nora and Ranzo love each other. They look soooo cuuuute together!

    Just like all the lady polars Nora is more active than Ranzo. Maybe she knows that she has to ‘know everything’ before it’s time for her to become a mother. At least I hope there will be a cubbie when the couple is old enough.

    Thank you so much for this charming article with great photos and videos!

    Hugs from Mervi

  4. Liebe Eva,

    es ist sehr ungewöhnlich, dass Bären in den Arbeitsraum ihrer Pfleger schauen können, und die Neugierde
    von Ranzo und Nora kann ich gut verstehen, denn dort wird ja ihr Futter zubereitet.
    Die beiden sind ein schönes Paar – nicht nur beim Schmusen.
    Ich hoffe auch, sie lassen sich noch ein bisschen Zeit bis sie Nachwuchs bekommen.

    Danke für die tollen Bilder und Videos!

  5. Dear EVI – This is a most charming report with interesting observations and gorgeous pics. I especially love pictures of polar bears with yellow flowers as they remind me a lot of ‘my’ dearest KNUT. . . But no question about it : also NORA and RANZO are most ovable polar bears. . . . VIENNA is an interesting and beautiful city, even though Austrians like to state “the cimetry of Chicgo is more interesting and lively than Vienna!” . . 😉
    Did you have the occasion to also discover Vienna’s downtown area?

    Thank you very much. I will watch the videos later today or tomorrow .. . . .

  6. Dear Evi

    Its funny, how the bears look through the windows.
    How nice, that you visit Nora from time to time.
    She is a pretty girl now. Her finnish friend Ranzo
    is a big bear. It seems, they like each other. 🙂

    Chris 🙂

  7. Dear Evi!

    Ranzo and nora is fantastich couple. How nicie, that they can watch, what the keepers are doing.


  8. Dear Evi!
    It is quite astonishing and unusual that the polar bears in Schönbrunn have the opportunity to look through the windows into the keepers rooms. I´m enthusiastic about their curiosity, interest and tenacity.
    Thank you for this entertaining report and your fabulous photos!
    Ranzo and Nora are a goodlooking and smart love couple and it must have been great to watch their activities – or their sleep…
    During the first video there was a lot of noise in the background. Hopefully that is not the usual sound around their enclosure!


  9. Liebe Evi,
    Eisbären sind sehr neugierig und ich finde es eine gute Sache, daß sie in die Futterküche schauen können.
    Auch eine Tierbeschäftigung die Eisbären zuschauen zu lassen.
    Nora hat ihr neues Zuhause ganz prima angenommen, mit Ranzo versteht sie sich gut und
    jetzt warten wir ab wann der erste Nachwuchs kommt.
    Danke Dir für so schöne Bilder und den interessanten Bericht.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  10. Dear Evi,

    The first pictures are simply heavenly 🙂
    And the rest of your pictures too. The white bears and the many greens in the enclosure are a great addition.
    Many thanks for your really amusing and nice Threat.

    Warm greetings,

  11. Dear Mervi,

    Thank you for publishing my article!
    Thank you all for your kind comments!

    Dear Anke,
    The zoo always has a lot of visitors and it’s noisy there, but I think the bears don’t hear it all.

    Dear Dumba,
    I always choose a hotel in the center of the city to become part of the city life in the evening. But there’s plenty to discover! Vienna, really is an interesting city!