Happy second birthday, Sisu and Quintana!

Nov 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Birthdays

21.11.2018 – Photos by Marko Junttila and Birgit Born, Text and collage by Mervi

21st of November in 2016 was a happy day in Munich, Germany and in Ranua, Finland. Two sweet cubbies were born. Giovanna and Yoghi became parents to Quintana and Venus and Manasse became parents of Sisu.




Sisu with mama Venus


It’s not Always so easy to find Sisu in the snow ….. but the velvet eyes and the licorice nose are good ‘signs’. ­čÖé


Unfortunately both cubbies lost their fathers when they were very young. Since Venus and Giovanna are singles for the time being Sisu and Quintana can stay with their mothers longer than the ‘usual time’. Even when the time comes for the separation it’s possible for them to stay in their ‘native zoos’ – at least as long as it takes to find new homes for them.


Quintana likes to say ‘hello’ to her fans. ­čÖé


Sisu, naturally, loves the snow and luckily Ranua with the long Winter is a perfect home for him.


The whole Finland loves this polar bear boy. That’s why he got his name Sisu which means ‘go’ or ‘guts’. ‘Sisu’ is said to be very characteristic for the Finns …..


I’m hoping these two young bears could be living together in a nice zoo …. They are not related so that’s not a problem anyway. One can always hope and dream┬á– and it’s duty free, too! ­čÖé

Sisu and Quintana seem to share their love to big toys …. ­čÖé



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEETIES! I’m sure even the big sister Nela and the big brothers Ranzo and Nobby are joining us and singing loud today – and, naturally, your proud mamas will join the choir, too!


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  1. Happy Birthday, Quintana!
    Happy Birthday, Sisu!
    I wish you both a nice day with many treats.
    Dear Mervi!
    Your collage is great

  2. Didn’t your auntie MERVI make a nice choice of pictures (out of the collection of BIRGIT B and Marko JUNTTILA, of course!) and create a wonderful collage in white and blue (just fitting perfectly your and her taste!) to remind us your today’s birthdays. So: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! also from here.

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! also to all the other white lovelies in the world born the same day in various years,
    as e.g. CHARLOTTchEn in Nuremberg.

  3. Ich w├╝nsche den B├Ąrchen alles Gute.
    Sisu und Quintana sind zu echten
    Sch├Ânheiten herangewachsen. ­čÖé

  4. Happy Birthday SUSU und Quintana!
    Ihr seid zwei wundersch├Âne Teenager und ich w├╝nsche euch,
    dass ihr noch lange in eurem Zuhause bleiben k├Ânnt, und wenn ihr euren
    M├╝ttern auf die Nerven geht, zieht ihr einfach ins Nachbargehege – Platz habt ihr genug.

  5. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for another sweet birthday tribute with touching photos and a beautiful collage in November!
    Congratulations to Quintana and Sisu for their second birthday!
    I wish these beloved cuties many happy and healthy years – even perhaps together if dreams will come true…


  6. Happy birthday, Quintana!
    Happy birthday, Sisu!

    You both are so cute little polar bears and
    I wish you a very beautiful life!

    Dear Mervi, Marko and Birgit,
    Thank you for this enjoyable collage!


  7. Herzliche Geburtstagsgr├╝├če gehen heute an Powergirl Quintana und an den “Schneeprinzen” Sisu.
    Ich w├╝nsche den Beiden alles Gute zum Geburtstag,
    M├Âgen sie weiterhin gesund und munter bleiben.

    Danke f├╝r die sch├Âne Geburtstags-Seite. Die Collage ist wieder wundersch├Ân.

    Liebe Gr├╝├če

  8. Liebe Mervi,
    ich w├╝nsche den beiden 2j├Ąhrigen weiterhin ein gutes Zooleben, Hauptsache sie bleiben gesund!
    An diesem Tag haben viele Eisb├Ąren Geburtstag und ich w├╝nsche allen, da├č es ihnen gut geht
    und sie ein gl├╝ckliches Eisb├Ąrleben haben.
    Herzlichen Dank f├╝r diese sch├Âne Geburtstagsseite und die Collage ist eine Augenweide.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če Moni K

  9. Dear Mervi
    I well understand your hopes that Sisu and Quintana might one day come together as cubs from 2016. In the world of Knutitours and Knutis Weekly they will always be connected. Both are beautiful Polar Bears!

  10. alles Gute liebe Quintana und lieber Sisu, ich w├╝msche Euch ein langes gesundes Leben
    wonderful pictures and sweet collage dear Mervi thank you
    dear greetings