ZOOM Gelsenkirchen, December 2018: Nanook investigates the glass window

Jan 26th, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

26.1.2019 by Ralph

One of the things I enjoy most about Polar Bears is their curiosity at new things. Nanook is no exception.

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A shopping bag is always a good way of occupying a Polar Bear at a glass window.

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Nanook was cautious, but also aware that the glass was between us.

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Examining a bag might reveal a treat.

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Nanook was not easily fooled and was more interested in the people around me.

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The glass window is now well understood by Nanook and she swims as close as she can to it.

It is still a great thrill for me to get so close to a young Polar Bear. This would be impossible in the wild.

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Nanook is still a very young bear, as this shot of her face shows, but she has learned a lot from Lara, and behaves like a two year old.

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Not sure whether this was mother or daughter, I think it was Lara come to have a look as well.

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Lara or Nanook? Still not sure, but I think it is Lara.

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My nose test tells me this is mother Lara, as Nanook has a very strong v sign on her nose. But..

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Hope you enjoyed my little test. This is Lara of course.

Nanook in the water.

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Lara taught Nanook early on how to use the islands in the pool. In September, I had seen these exposed and had also watched Bill using the islands to play on.

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Nanook has inherited Bill’s creativity in using the islands to play on.

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Like her father, Nanook enjoys using her toys, in this case a stick, as part of her play on the island.

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Throwing an object into the water, and diving after it, trains the reflexes and co-ordination. Nanook practises the same skills that in the wild would help her survive.

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Watching Nanook makes a lot more sense after the time I spent with Bill in September. She has learnt so much from Lara in the first year, and inherited a lot from Bill.

I am not surprised that the team at ZOOM Gelsenkirchen are so proud of the their family of Polar Bears.

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  1. NANOOK seems to be a right ‘sweetie’, even though she looks a bit elder already than she is – as you say.
    I liked your words and your pics – both tell the ‘story’ alike. Thank you.

    I liked especially the pic where she jumps from her little island into the water (looks as would she jump from island to island!).

  2. Lieber Ralph,

    wie immer sind deine Fotos mit wissenswerten Informationen ausgestattet.
    Das macht deine Berichte immer lesenswert und deine Charakterstudien
    liebe ich ganz besonders!
    Die Neugierde der Bären zeugt auch von hoher Intelligenz und Taschen
    sind immer ein interessantes, hier leider unerreichbares Objekt.

    Herzliche Grüße und Dank

  3. Dear Ralph,

    It’s really fantastic to see Nanook and Laraa so close on the other side of the glass. The visitor’s bag was very interesting. I wonder what they were thinking when they realized it was so close and still out of reach. 🙂

    The islands in the pool give the swimming and diving an ‘extra dimension’ and Nanook seems to love it!

    Thank you so much for the last report from your Gelsenkirchen visit in December! They’ve all been truly informative and entertaining.

    Hugs from Mervi

  4. Hallo Ralph

    You were lucky, to have Nanook so close at the shield.
    There was a big interest in your bag – polar bears are 🙂
    curious, as we know. Thank you for the report from GE.

    Chris 🙂

  5. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for another part of your Gelsenkirchen report, introducing especially cute Nanook to us.
    She seems to be a big girl already, curious, enterprising and she knows how to have fun.
    It must have been magical to come so close to this polar bear girl all the more since she is interested in her visitors generally – respectively their bags…


  6. Dear Ralph,
    thank you for the pictures of Nanook. She is a curious girl .

  7. Lieber Ralph,

    danke für Deinen weiteren Bericht und die Bilder aus Gelsenkirchen.

    Diesmal hattest Du ja bei Deiner “Bärentour” Glück, dass alle Bären dicht an die Scheibe kommen.
    Wer weiß was Du in Deinen Taschen versteckt hattest.

    Nanook ist ein Mädchen, und Mädchen mögen Handtaschen, oder auch größere Taschen wie man sieht.

    Liebe Grüße

  8. Dear Ralph,
    thanks a lot for your interesting story und the pictures of the lovely bears.
    Hugs Inge

  9. Lieber Ralph,
    Bärchen an der Scheibe sind immer ein besonderes Vergnügen und Nannok und Lara haben ihren großen
    Fan diesen Gefallen getan.
    Danke Dir, war wieder schön mit die dabei sein zu dürfen.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  10. dear Ralph,
    thank you so much foir your nice report from Zoom Gelsenkirchen and for all the wonderful pictures of Lara and Nanook,they are looking very good and Lara is interested in the multi coloured bag,no wonder she is a Lady .And Nanook looks so sweet when she is saying hello to you so near at the glass.
    dear greetings and big paw waves