Birthday party for polar bears in the Alaska Zoo

Jan 21st, 2019 | By | Category: Alaska

21.1.2019 – Photos by John Gomes

Every year the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage arranged a birthday party for their polar bears. The excitement was building for this event happening on the 19th of January!

The keepers are overdoing themselves with the preparations for the big day.

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The cake was made of ice blocks filled with yammy things and all the ‘decorations’ are eatable, too!

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Cranbeary  has begun making appearances in the main polar bear habitat. She and our male Lyutyik are alternating time as they enter the final stages of getting to know each other. We hope to have them together soon!

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Cranbeary was the first to meet the visitors who had come to congratulate her.

What a lovely surprise!

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It’s not so easy to decide where to begin!

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Oh bear, what a fantastic ice creation!

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Dear keepers, thank you so much! I’m overwhelmed!

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All the excitement made Cranbeary tired so a little nap was needed.

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More photos by John Gomes here

Of course, even Lyituik was celebrated this special day but he had to wait until Cranbeary went in. Maybe we can see photos of him, too, later on.

Knuti’s Weekly sends belated birthday wishes to Cranbeary and Lyituik and wishes them and their keepers a wonderful Winter time!

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  1. Dear John and Mervi!
    Thank you for the delightful report from the zoo Alaska. Cranbeary was overwhelmed of the all nice things around her. She decided to sleep next to her presents. Cranbeary is a beautiful lady.

  2. Dear Mervi and John
    What a lovely birthday celebration by Alaska Zoo. I hope we will also see Lyituik tucking in as well. Cranbeary seems to have settled down very well.

  3. The last photo is awwwwww . . . so lovely!
    Well done, dear keepers and also the photographer! 🙂

    I am convinced CranBEARy is already nearly as much loved in the ALASKA ZOO as AHPUN was (without forgetting this wonderful former Zoo-Lady-president at all).

    Thank you MERVI for having brought these wonderful photos of John GOMES to us, your ‘KWM’-readers/-watchers.

  4. Dear John & Mervi

    Thank you for the nice pictures. 🙂
    The party was great – so many gifts!

    Chris 🙂

  5. Eine tolle Geburtstagsparty, da kann sich mancher Zoo in Europa ein Beispiel dran nehmen!
    Danke, liebe Mervi,
    danke, lieber John!

  6. Dear Mervi and John!
    Thank you for bringing us these delightful photos of a smashing birthday party in the Alaska Zoo for Cranbeary.
    The keepers were very creative when they made this wonderful surprise for her.
    Like Britta-Gudrun wrote they could set an example for many other zoos!
    When Cranbeary fell asleep beside her gorgeous birthday cake she reminded me of a boy who took his new football shoes with him into bed when going to sleep…


  7. Dear John and Mervi,

    It was a fantastic birthdayparty with so many gifts!
    The great cake, made of colorful ice blocks, looks wonderful!

    Thank you for sharing this nice party story!

    Evi from Tallinn

  8. Liebe Mervi, lieber John,

    Wow, soviel Aufwand für zwei Eisbären. Ich habe mir das ganze Album angesehen. Da sieht man erstmal was da für Arbeit und Kraftaufwand dahinter steckt.
    Davon können unsere Berliner Eisbären nur träumen. Es muss ja nicht so pompös sein, aber hier wird ja überhaupt kein Geburtstag gefeiert, außer bei unserer Gorilladame Fatou.

    Super Fotos. Danke.

    Liebe Grüße

  9. Liebe Mervi und lieber John,
    fantastisch was die Pfleger für ihre Eisbären alles zum Geburtstag aufbauen.
    Da werde ich neidisch und würde mir nur ein bisschen für unsere Eisbären wünschen.
    Vielen Dank, daß wir dabei sein durften!
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  10. WOW
    What a great Party!!!!!
    The nurses had a lot of work to do. But the result is simply unique.

    Thank you Mervi
    Thank you John

    Cool threat!!!!!


  11. WOW
    What a great Party!!!!!
    The keeper had a lot of work to do. But the result is simply unique.

    Thank you Mervi
    Thank you John

    Cool threat!!!!!