ZOOM Gelsenkirchen, December 2018: Nanook of the Desert

Jan 17th, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

17.1.2019 by Ralph

I love all bears, but the gentle bears from the war torn country of Syria are among my favourites. I wish more zoos would give them a home.

I think Nanook must share my affection and concern for the Syrian bears as this article will show.

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The sand in the enclosure is a joy for Nanook to roll in.

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Is this Syrian enough? Nanook seems to be checking herself out.

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Looking nice and desert coloured, Nanook goes on her way.

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I love this close up shot of Nanook at the glass, checking out a new visitor.

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Like all good haircare a bit of blowdrying cannot do any harm. Nanook has her own technique.

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Getting sandier.. Now where did Nanook hide that treat,

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Nanook checks out one of her favourite places.

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Nanook is nothing if not thorough, paws and nose are engaged in the search.

Oh well, if mum won’t lend a hand, perhaps I should check somewhere else.

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Maybe in the water, Nanook looks to see if Lara is anywhere around

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A lick to check if the keepers have left any taste marks.

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That’s mum over there, why won’t she come and help me look for some treats.

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Nanook decides that she will have to carry on the search herself.

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What’s mum doing over there? She could come and lend a hand.

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Nanook decides that she will go back to the other side of the enclosure,

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Nanook is very confident bear, and strides out.

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Nanook first discovered this tree trunk as a little cub back in April. It is still a favourite toy.

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More like an adult bear than a cub, Nanook thoroughly searches for treats.

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Eventually, Nanook decides to go back to the apples. She has become whiter again too!

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  1. Hallo,

    was für tolle Fotos von Nanook. Ich habe die kleine Eisbärdame so in mein Herz geschlossen.

    LG Martina

  2. Lieber Ralph,

    ich freue mich für dich, dass Nanook dir diese tolle Show während deines Besuches gezeigt hat.
    Deine Untertitel zu den Bildern sind wie immer sehr unterhaltsam und witzig.

    Vielen Dank und liebe Grüße!

  3. Dear Ralph,
    Nanook is a lovely bear child. Thank you for the pictures.

  4. NANOOK looks very nice and handsome as ‘Syrian brown bear’ (those rather small ‘Latte-Macchiato-coloured’ bears. Those bears really look lovely in general. ‘WILHELMA’ (Stuttgart) used to have two – unfortunately they did never appear really visible when I visited that zoo . . .(oh – how sad! – See: https://www.wilhelma.de/nc/de/aktuelles-und-presse/pressemitteilungen/2016/03082016-braunbaerin-safa-gestorben.html // https://www.wilhelma-tiere.de/alle-tiere/syrischer-braunbaer/

    You did create a nice story around NANOOK’s behavious. Anyway, sometimes one feels pity for her, as your reports givee the impression mama LARA doesn’t really love her – and that’s always sad, if kids are not really loved by their parents . . .

    Thanks dear RALPH and dear MERVI for having published another KWM-contribution together!

  5. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for another amusing part of your report from Gelsenkichen!
    Though Nanook has grown a lot, she is a still a cub and a cutie.
    You took some beautiful photos of this little Syrian brown bear looking polar bear girl.
    Since she shows interest in her visitors and makes up before coming to the pane I suppose she wins the heart of everybody.
    I wish her best of luck!


  6. Dear Ralph

    Thank you for the nice report from Gelsenkirchen!
    Nanook is a very curious and active polarbear-girl.
    You were lucky, to have her so close at the window.

    Chris 🙂

  7. Lieber Ralph,

    schön, dass Nanook an die Scheibe zu Dir gekommen ist, so konntest Du schöne Fotos von ihr machen.

    Es ist wirklich eine kleine süße Bärin.Ich finde, sie sieht etwas müde aus.

    Liebe Grüße

  8. Dear Ralph,

    After watching your photos I’m quite convinced Nanook shares your affection for the Syrian bears! 🙂

    The pics of the sand coloured young lady by the glass are wonderful! What a cutie pie she is.

    It seems to be Nanook is a very self confident polar bear girl who knows how to entertain herself when Mama’s not in a playing mood.

    Thank you so much for this charming story of Nanook of Arabia! 🙂

    Hugs from Mervi

  9. Dear Dumba
    Martina, who posted above, assures me that Lara does indeed look after Nannook and has sent me some photos on Facebook showing this. My visit only covered a snapshot.
    Liebe Monika
    Nanook ist sehr aktiv, meine Bilder zeigen sie am Ende eines langen Tages. Sie ist erstaunlich erwachsen und selbstbewusst.

  10. Lieber Ralph,
    Eisbären sind wandelbar, von Schwarzbär bis Syrer das können sie alles!
    Nanook ist selbstständig und Mutter Lara weiss schon wie weit sie ihre Kleine allein lassen kann.
    Danke Dir, war schön Nanook so intensiv durch deine Linse zu sehen.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K