Springs signs in Finland

Feb 12th, 2019 | By | Category: Featured articles

12.2.2019 – Source: The Korkeasaari Zoo, Finland

The Winter has been and still is very cold and there are deep snowbanks in many parts of Finland. However, in the Korkeasaari Zoo near Helsinki the brown bears decided it was time to wake up and put an end to their hibernation period.

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This is exceptionally early – usually the brownies come out from their dens in the end of February or in the beginning of March.

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After the hibernation the bears’ diet contains ‘light refreshments’ – vegetables and fruit. Because they woke up so early they’re still tired and have no energy to stay awake the whole day. Of course, they have possibility to retire to their dens when ever they want. They even spend their nights in the dens.

Maybe a short nap using the snow as a pillow is needed every now and then …..

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The brownies in Korkeasaari started their hibernation later than usual so the ‘Winter nap’ was quite short this season. In the northern parts of Finland – in the wild – the bears often have a hibernation period of six months!

Knuti’s Weekly wishes the brownies and their keepers a happy Spring – when it comes! 🙂

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  1. Dear mervi
    I have read that brown bears do sometimes come out of their hibernation during the Winter. As the Snow is still on the ground, perhaps the fruit and vegetables were too good to miss!
    They look in excellent shape.
    Thanks for this lovely Spring/Winter story

  2. Hallo Mervi

    Das ist eine auffallende Parallele zu den Kranichen,
    die ja auch erst sehr spät in den Süden flogen und
    jetzt schon wieder da sind. Vielleicht spüren die
    Tiere den Klimawandel und das nahende Frü-
    jahr, auch wenn es noch kühl ist. 🙂
    Die Brownies haben Spaß im Schnee !

    Liebe Grüße
    Chris 🙂

  3. Liebe Mervi,

    vielen Dank für diese erfrischend schönen Fotos von den Brownies im Schnee.
    Das Video ist super. Erst schauen die Beiden noch etwas erstaunt, und dann toben sie im tiefen Schnee, dass das Zusehen eine wahre Freude ist.
    Eigentlich sollten sie ja noch Winterruhe halten, oder?

    Liebe Grüße

  4. Liebe Mervi,
    das sind ja Neuigkeiten! Die beiden Brownies haben sich eindeutig vertan in der Jahreszeit! Aber sie toben so niedlich durch den Schnee und sehen in meinen Augen nicht sehr abgemagert aus. Gut, dass sie sich bei Müdigkeit in ihre Behausungen zurückziehen können. Der Zoo Korkeasaari wird sie im Auge behalten. – Danke für die Fotos und das süße Video!
    Herzliche Grüße von

  5. Dear Mervi!
    To be honest I´d wish winter would stay in Northern Finland for its normal length and the bears go to sleep again. Although it was very entertaining to watch the bears in the video frolicking around in the snow.
    It just would cause a better feeling in times of climatic change…
    Thank you for these a little untimely spring fever.


  6. Dear Mervi!
    It looks still like winter in Finland. Good that th bears get enough food from their keepers 🙂

  7. Liebe Mervi

    Tolle Bilder aus Finnland.
    Die zwei Brownies im Schnee zu beobachten macht einfach Freude!!!

    Vielen herzlichen Dank.


  8. Dear Mervi,

    It is really nice to find in KWM an article about the bears of Korkeasaari! I’ve been thinking about them…
    I visited the Korkeasaari Zoo a few years ago and I was very pleased to see them in a great and beautiful area!
    I enjoyed for a long time their swimming in the “lake” …
    Thank you very much!


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