Winter has arrived in Orsa

Nov 8th, 2018 | By | Category: Orsa

8.11.2018 by Johanna Berglund

Unfortunately we had to abandon our plans to visit Orsa but Johanna Berglund – one of the polar bears’ keepers – kindly posted this article. Thank you so much!

Our three polar bears are doing fine. We separated them on the 27th September so Ewa is now staying in the upper enclosure while Wilbär and Hope share the lower enclosure.

Ewa has had problems with her fur during previous Autumns but this year her fur looks better than ever. She has also made great progress minimizing the stereotype walking which she used to do sometimes.

We had a long hot Summer but now the weather is getting colder and we hope we can fix some snow for Ewa soon. Last year she wanted to ‘hibernate’ on a snow heap so we want to help her. However, Ewa has been collecting twigs and willowherbs in a stable and we’ve made a cosy bed for her in the ‘nursery’ in case she would like to retire there. We have no big hopes for cubs this time. When Ewa was in heat Wilbär was more interested in Hope and we don’t know if matings between those two actually took place.

Ewa enjoying the first snow


Wilbär is very tired at the moment. He has periods now in the Fall when he is quite tired and lazy. He rests very much, baths in the pond and does not eat very much. He is very sweet and caring with Hope but when it comes to food he makes sure he’s the number one. After making his point clear he usually willingly shares the food with Hope. Wilbär is like Wilbär has always been. 🙂 Most probably he’s waiting and looking forward to snow!

Hope grows and eats properly! However, we have not seen Hope eating the cadaver we have given the polar bears. Wilbär and Hope got a horse this week but we do not think she has understood that she can eat it so we have given her another kind of food in the stable. Hopefully WiIlbär will teach her soon!

Hope in October


Hope is also trying to find her place and get used to the environment, etc. Some people have commented on her whining on Facebook, as you may have seen. We do not feel that it’s such a big problem when she’s a new inhabitant in the park. She doesn’t do stereotype walks – short distances using the same way – very often. We keep on trying to give her what she needs so walks will stop totally.

She is a bit scared of the brown bears she can see in the neighbouring enclosure. Now the brownies are hibernating but Hope still keeps looking for them.

Before the brown bears started hibernating they were treated with a substantial meal!


The wolverine isn’t planning a Winter nap but enjoys the white landscape.


Isn’t this blanket with Ewa and Wilbär nice!


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  1. Liebe Mervi,

    wie gut, dass du so zuverlässige Reporter hast, wenn du mal nicht vor Ort sein kannst!
    Ich freue mich vor allem, einmal wieder etwas von Hope zu sehen, sie sieht prachtvoll
    aus mit ihrem unglaublich dicken Fell.
    Es ist lustig zu lesen, dass Wilbär ihr beibringen sollte, Pferdefleisch zu essen und schön
    zu hören, dass er sich um sie kümmert und dabei seine Ewa etwas vernachlässigt… der Schelm.
    Nun warten wir mal Ewas Winterruhe ab und sehen dann weiter.

    Mervi, dir und Johanna vielen Dank für die Fotos und den Bericht aus Orsa!
    Liebe Grüße

  2. Liebe Mervi!

    Danke für den Bericht aus Orsa, den Eisbären macht der Schnee sichtlich Freude. Flocke sieht toll aus. Wilbaer hat ja ganz schön zu tun mit seinen beiden Ladies.
    Ich wünsche den Tieren in Orsa einen schönen Winter.
    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  3. Liebe Mervi,
    Hope ist verwöhnt mit dem Futter und weiss nicht daß Eisbären Allesfresser sind.
    Bei Wilbär kann sie lernen daß alles essbar ist und nicht mundgereicht sein muss.
    Herzlichen Dank für die schönen Bilder und interessante Neuigkeiten und ich wünsche den Bewohnern
    vom Orsa Park einen schönen Winter.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  4. Dear Mervi and Johanna!
    Thank you for the latest news from Orsa.

    Good to know that Hope is doing well, she looks smashing. With Wilbär´s fondly support she will get used to the new enclosure and the food for sure… – and to the brownies!

    I´m happy too that Ewa got rid of her fur problems and wish her sweet dreams in the den her keepers made quite comfortable for her.
    I wish everybody in Orsa – staff and animals -a beautiful wintertime!


  5. Dear Mervi and Johanna
    Thank you such a detailed account of Wilbaer, Ewa and Hope. I am sure that they will all enjoy a snowy Winter.

  6. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the interesting report from Orsa. I hope Wilbär will manage next spring to mate with both females. It is not an easy for him.
    Hope looks beautiful. She will learn to use a big enclosure and to eat the other food.
    I wish Eva the calm winter sleep.

  7. Dear Johanna

    Thank you very much for the information from Orsa.
    I think the bears look good. It’s a pity that Hope still has a problem. I hope they will subside.

    Dear Mervi
    Too bad you can’t go to Orsa.


  8. Liebe Johanna, liebe Mervi,

    ja nun ist er da, der erste Schnee in Orsa. Und es wird mit Sicherheit noch sehr viel mehr.
    Es ist schön zu hören, dass Wilbär und Hope sich so super verstehen.
    Ewa ist nun wohl die Nr. 2. Mal sehen wie es nach ihrer Winterruhe aussieht.

    Hope ist genauso ein süßes Pummelchen wie Tonja.

    Die Braunbären werden wohl richtig verwöhnt. So viele Trauben. Aber sie werden ja auch bald in die Winterruhe gehen.

    Danke für die schönen Bilder aus Orsa.

    Liebe Grüße