Paljon onnea Ranzo! Happy birthday, Ranzo!

Nov 18th, 2018 | By | Category: Birthdays

18.11.2018 – Photos by Evi from Tallinn, Text by Mervi

On the 18th of November 2011 Venus gave birth to a sweet polar bear boy that later got the name Ranzo (RANuaZOo). The cub was the first polar bear ever born in Finland!


At the age of 7 years Ranzo is a very impressive polar bear – just like his father Manasse was.




In May 2014 it was time for Ranzo to leave Ranua and move to the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna.




First Ranzo had Lynn as his female companion but since last Spring the Estonian beauty Nora is the lady of his heart. Lynn moved to the Copenhagen Zoo.

It’s heart warming to see ‘my Ranzo’ so deeply in love with Nora. These two certainly are a lovely couple!(Photo by Jutta Kirchner)


Ranzo loved water games already in Ranua so, of course, he loves the big and deep pool in Vienna.




Sometimes it’s so fun to hide from the visitors …. well, he can hide at least most of his head in the tube …. 🙂


Nora and Ranzo have lots of toys – many of them brought to them by Evi from Tallinn. It’s not always so easy to decide which toy is the best. 🙂


Birthday card from Evi and Nora


Dear Ranzo! I wish you a very happy birthday and hope you have a nice party with Nora. Always be a healthy and happy bear!



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  1. Happy birthday, dear Ranzo!
    Enjoy your life with Nora!

    Warm greetings from Tallinn

  2. Ah – Thanks for having remembered how RANZO did get his name, ‘cuase he was born in the RANUA ZOO
    in FINLAND “Ranzo (RANuaZOo)”!

    Thank you, dear MERVI, for also having reminded the whole RANZO-story in pics and words.

    The pic of Jutta KIRCHNER of ‘RANZO and NORA in love’ is just ‘double-awwwwwwwwwwww . . .!’
    And the collages of EVI and NORA, as well as your one are lovely as well (as are – of course – all
    the other pics of EVI shown above!

    I voluntarily repeat my best wishes from the ‘BACK ROOM’ to the ‘pretty FINN in AUSTRIA’,
    all in correcting that he has NOT got too brides but ‘only’ one is left, his MOST LOVED ONE,
    which is NORA! as I learned (or was reminded) by this ‘KWM’-publication, LYNN has moved to COPENHAGEN in the meantime (btw: How is she? Perhaps INGE might like to tell us!?).
    . . . . Sometimes I lose trace of the various stories of our beloved polar bears in the world –
    and my Ommi-memory plays tricks on me in addition. Sigh!

  3. Alles Liebe und Gute für Ranzo,und auch Nora natürlich!

    LG Brigitte


    Dear Evi & Mervi

    Thank you for the nice birthday page.
    Ranzo is an impressive bear and has
    an ideal partner with beautiful Nora. 🙂

    Chris 🙂

  5. Dear Mervi, Evi and Jutta
    Happy Birthday to Ranzo. It is wonderful that Evi visits Nora and that they both love Ranzo. Vienna is famous for its Panda babies. Perhaps we may see some Polar babies too.

  6. Liebe Mervi,

    erst heute erfahre ich von dem Ursprung des Namens RANZO, dem Bären auf den
    ganz Finnland so stolz ist und den du natürlich besonders liebst.

    Eva von Tallinn verwöhnt ihn ebenfalls gerne mit ihren Geschenken und mit
    seiner NORA ist er auch ein verliebter Bär.

    Happy Birthday dear Ranzo!


    Ich wünsche Ranzo alles Gute zum Geburtstag.

    Liebe Evi, liebe Mervi,

    das sind wieder wunderschöne Fotos von Ranzo. Er ist ja auch ein hübscher Bär. Über mangelndes Spielzeug können sich die Bären wirklich nicht beklagen.

    Das Foto von Ranzo gemeinsam mit Nora ist soooo schön.

    Liebe Grüße


    Dear Mervi, Evi and Jutta!
    Thank you for the beautiful birthday tribute for Ranzo, your handsome Finnish Viking in Vienna.
    All photos you chose are fabulous – I had a good laugh about ” It’s not always so easy to decide which toy is the best. ?” – and the birthday card from Evi and your collage show how much he is loved.

    Best wishes to Nora and Ranzo and a long, healthy and happy life together!


  9. Happy Birthday, dear Ranzo!
    Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the Ranzo story. He grew to an impressive bear now. Nora is a lovely girl friend for him.

  10. Lieber Ranzo,
    nachträglich alles Gute!
    Ich wünsche dir weiterhin ein so gutes Leben und bleib gesund.
    Liebe Mervi,
    Vielen Dank, für deinen Tribut an einen ganz besonderen Bären.
    Er gleicht immer mehr seinem Vater Manasse und er wird ein ganz Grosser.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  11. Lieber Ranzo, alles Gute zum Geburtstag, viel Glück und Gesundheit und ein wunderschönes Leben mit Deiner Nora.

    Danke an Evi und Mervi für die wunderbare Geburtstagsseite.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika