Welcome 2019! Please, be a good year!

Dec 31st, 2018 | By | Category: Ranua 2018

31.12.2018 by Sisu and Mervi, Photos by Marko Junttila, Collages by Mervi

Dear readers! The old year is retiring and the new year is about to begin. The year 2018 gave us many reasons to be both sad and happy – just like every year. I’m not going to make a summary of what has happened because almost everything is well documented in this magazine and many other blogs and forums.

I want to thank all the readers for being a part of our wonderful world of animals. Of course, I want to express my great gratitude to all the reporters that running make this magazine possible! Blogs like Knuti’s Weekly Magazine have a tough time trying to compete with Facebook and Instagram but I’m glad there are still readers who prefer quality to quantity!

Now I let Sisu continue with his last newsletter of the year 2018:

Terve! Hello! In the northern Finland we still have ‘kaamos’ so the days are very short. However, the darkness is not dull. On the contrary – the whiteness of the snow on the ground and on the trees make the darkness look very nice. My favourite time is the ‘blue hour’ in the afternoon – you must admit it’s beautiful!

Time for some action now! I think I see mama carrying something ….

Oh bear, she has a tyre around her neck!

Mama, I’m sure that tyre is meant for me!!

I’m still a little boy so you must keep me happy. As a good mother you surely understand my meaning!

Mama, are you deaf?

Success! My mama never disappoints me! Well, it’s easy to understand …. who could possibly resist my begging velvet eyes? 🙂

Even our keepers are happy in our Winter Wonderland! 🙂

Mama told me that the old year is going away and a new is approaching with giant steps.

I’ll try to track the new year ….

I can’t see any signs of it yet. Why is the new year hiding???

Well, mama said we can’t see the new year but, of course, I’m very curious to know how it will be. OK, maybe it’s better not to know what will happen but I’m very thrilled and curious!

Let me show you a couple of photos of my friends, too.

Here’s the singing dhole. I hope it won’t have a sour throat after all that singing!

The Siberian deers are very beautiful animals.

Aren’t they lovely!

This lynx seems to be looking for the new year, too. I must tell him the year is invisible!!

The manul has a nice cottage in our park.

This is my last newsletter of the year 2018 so I wish you all ‘Guten Rutsch’ to the year 2019 as my German friends say!

I want to thank my dear friend Marko for illustrating my articles with such fantastic photos. Kiitos, Marko! Hyvää uutta vuotta sinulle!

Of course, I even wish a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 to everybear and everybody!

From Mervi: Happy New Year 2019 to all the readers and reporters of Knuti’s Weekly Magazine. Let’s hope the new year will bring us lots of good and happy news. I want to send my special greetings to all polar bear mothers with their newborn cubs. May your babies grow to mighty, beautiful polar bears!

Last but not least I want to thank Sisu and his mama Venus for so many great articles in this magazine! Have a good new year with lots of health and happiness!

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  1. Dear Mervi,

    thanks a lot to Sisu and you for the wonderful new year greeetings and pictures.

    Happy new year to you all from Copenhagen

    Hugs Inge

  2. Dear Mervi

    Markos photos are always magnificient.
    Thats what I call winter – and the bears
    love it. Venus has a special collar…
    Sisu has much fun in the snow.

    Leider komme ich mal wieder nicht in
    die Knuipe, sonst wäre ich N°1 geworden…
    Aber ich habe etwas im Back-Room hinterlegt.



  3. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the good wishes for the New Year.
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Marko. The winter pictures are very impressive. Sisu and Venus enjoy the snow.

  4. Dear Sisu, Mervi and Marko,

    Thank you very much for this nice article!

    Happy New Year to all Polar Bears and to everyone,
    who loves the Polar Bears!

    Evi from Tallinn

  5. Liebe Merci und lieber Marko,
    herrliches Schneevergnügen für Sisu und Mama Venus.
    Vielen Dank für die wunderschönen Bilder aus Rania.
    Wünsche allen ein glückliches und gesundes Neues Jahr!
    Liebe bärige Grüsse Moni K

  6. TERVE! sweet SISU!

    You are an astonishingly wise young bear! -> QUOTE: “OK, maybe it’s better not to know what will happen but I’m very thrilled and curious!”. . . . I am afreaid, my dear ‘little’ friend SISU, I am not so courious and I think the reason for it is already hidden in YOUR New Year’s good wishes for us all: “Please, be a good year!” which sounds a bit like a ‘solicitation’! . . . May it be like it is – May it get like it gets!, I am wishing you little handsome and lovable guy, SISU, your mama, your keepers, your neighbors, and us ALL/e:


    – – –

    Thanks to your godmother MERVI for assisting you so generously with words and collages – and to your photographer MARKO JUNTTILA who made again gorgeous pics of you, and your beautiful mama VENUS, and your beautiful neigbors, and even of two of your lovely female keepers!

  7. Thank you so much for this wonderful pictures, dear Marko!!!
    Happy new year !!!


  8. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Dear Sisu!
    Thank you for another beautiful sequence of pictures from Ranua.
    That´s what I call winter… I´m quite sure all animals in Ranua welcomed snow and ice.
    I love all pics, one is more beautiful than the other! My favourites are No. 3 – 7 where you alienate the tyre from your mother, the singing dhole, the siberian deers, the beautiful lynx and the magnificent manul.

    Dear Mervi!
    The collages you created are wonderful and go nicely with this magic time!
    Thank you so much for all your efforts throughout the year!

    I wish everybody a good start into a Happy New Year!


  9. Liebe Mervi,
    lieber Marco,
    lieber Sisu,

    das sind wundervolle Fotos aus Ranua, und die Farben der blauen Stunde gefällt mir suoer!
    Mervi, so liebevoll und witzig hast du wieder die Szenen mit Sisu, diesem süßen Winterbär,
    vielen Dank.

    Danke auch an alle anderen Knutianer, die immer wieder Beiträge einstellen und besonders dir, liebe Mervi, für deine unermüdliche Arbeit und vielseitige Recherchen in der Bären-Welt aus nah und fern!

    Ich wünsche allen ein friedvolles neues Jahr 2019!


  10. Happy New Year, Sisu. I am smiling when I look at your photos.

    And a Happy New Year to Mervi too, and thank you for all the wonderful stories throughout the year.


  11. terve dear Sisu
    how we can see now you have your beloved Winterweather with a lot of snow, it is nice to see you,your dear Mama and all your lovely friends,enjoing this cosy time and of course your dear keepers wonderful dressed.
    I wish you all a very good and happy Year 2019 and send many paw waves to Finland
    dear Marko thank you so much for all these wonderful pictures,happy NewYear to you
    dear Mervi thank you very much for sharing these lovely pictures with us, it is such a joy to see how content Sisu is, happy New Year and good wishes to you dear Mervi,, Vesa, Mimmi and Nalle, have all a good time
    dear greetings

  12. Dear Sisu, Mervi and Marko!

    Happy New Year to you and all readers of KMW as well as the rest of the world that hasn’t come across (y)our jolly tracks!

    Sisu, you have grown into a smart charming lad, no wonder with beautiful Mama Venus at your side and Auntie Mervi covering all your pranks and adventures.

    Thank you and Marko for sharing your adventures and all my love goes out to Auntie Mervi for spreading the news of this great Ranua world that is your home!

    Hugs and happy howls
    Bärgit & Tommi

  13. Dear Sisu, Venus, Mervi and Marko
    All the best in the wonderful world of Ranua for 2019