Aalborg – Tyre at the window

Apr 24th, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

24.4.2019 by Ralph Morton


On Thursday 14 March the girls in Aalborg Zoo spent a lot of time in the water. I have reported elsewhere about this. I was lucky enough (perhaps as one of the family after so many visits) to be given a chance to share the precious tyre at the window.


I love the way the black skin of the girls appears on their ears when wet.


Up close and personal. We exchanged a lot of head nods and slides at the glass.


The girls are curious and friendly. Their faces are simply adorable and I was suitably glad to be there, even in the rain.


I know one should never “humanify” animal behaviour, but Polar Bears do present one another with gifts of food and toys. I decided, like some of the keepers, to show Polar Bear etiquette and my “thanks” by moving my head appropriately up and down, showing respect for the share.


Raising and lowering oneself opposite a bear seems to match the behaviour of another bear in reassuring that no threat is intended.


I am not sure if I was being presented with the tyre again here, but was able to snap this lovely lady at the glass.


Looking at the paws and the powerful teeth reminds me of just why I respect as well as love these girls.


Lovely and clean in the afternoon rain, the familiar Polar Bear stomp with both paws to soften up prey, or a tyre.


Another tyre presentation?


Even if I was not intended to share this tyre, I was delighted to be so close the girl as she checked it out one more time.


A beautiful young Polar Bear. I was wet but glad to be able to catch them before they go to a new Zoo.

It is rare to see the girls so clean. Perhaps the rain was worth it after all.


I am delighted that Malik seems to want to keep her daughters together for a while longer, and that Aalborg will have space to keep them even after they are weaned until a good home can be found. I would love to go back and see them again in the Summer, but it would be hard to top this March visit.

The trapper’s hut

One of the nice features of Aalborg Zoo is a replica of a wooden trapper’s hut with plate glass windows looking out on to the upper enclosure and a viewing TV screen. It is handy for sheltering from the rain and also for getting shots of Malik and her girls which remind me of those TV documentaries where scientists are “besieged” by wild bears.


Malik and her girls resting on the upper enclosure, viewed from the hut.


In this picture, the girls look as big as Mum. Can you tell who is who?


A friendly person let me have this cup of coffee to share with one of the girls.


Malik and one of her girls.


Malik has always been quick to intervene to stop the girls fighting. Nothing has changed.


It takes only a few seconds for Malik to remind the girl who’s boss!


The family are soon together again.


Three clean and white ladies on a wet afternoon in Aalborg.



As I was leaving, I was able to say goodbye to one of the girls.


The Zoo sells a Danish Ice Cream brand with an appropriate logo. I bet you can find the ice lolly I always have.

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  1. Dear Ralph,

    You were very lucky having a chance to have a ‘chat’ with the polar bear girls. They really came close to you. I’m convinced they recognized you from your previous visits. 🙂

    These bears really have lovely faces. Well, they’re beautiful ‘all over’!

    The ‘trapper’s hut’ is a perfect place on a rainy day – and even on a sunny day!

    Even though the girls are big now Malik is the boss and never hesitates to interfere when there are ‘arguments’ going on.

    I think I can guess which ice cream you chose ….. 🙂

    Thank you so much for this wonderfully illustrated report!

    Hugs from Mervi

  2. Lieber Ralph,

    ich freue mich für dich, dass du die zwei Youngsters noch einmal besuchen konntest,
    bevor sie in einen anderen Zoo kommen.
    Trotz des Regens haben sie dir die Zeit wunderbar vertrieben und sich schön
    präsentiert, sodass du in bekannter Manier deine Bären-Studien betreiben konntest.

    Ich wünsche dir eine gute Reise nach Berlin mit besten Grüßen!

  3. Dear Ralph,
    it is always great to see the bears at the glass. The tare is a very good toy 🙂

  4. Dear Ralph!
    How kind of the bears to present their toys to you at the pane.
    It is always a good idea to give a tyre to a polar bear…
    Though the rain was pouring down you obviously had a good time with Malik and her girls and it must have been hard for you to leave them.
    Thank you for sharing!


  5. Seems you get really easily in contact with the animals, especially with your favorite species, the polar bears. Lovely how they present their toys and paws to you and you in turn offer a cup of coffee to them! 🙂

    MALIK and her girls are always a nice sight even if the windows don’t allow a clear view on them.

    Thanks for this last report from AALBORG for this present trip, dear RALPH.

  6. Lieber Ralph,

    wir haben uns ja gestern bereits persönlich unterhalten können, und ich habe Dir gezeigt, was der Translater für einen Müll übersetzt hat.
    Aber auch hier nochmals Danke für Deine neuesten Bilder von den Mädels aus Aalborg.

    Liebe Grüße, bis morgen.


  7. dear Ralph,
    thank you so much for your interesting report and for all the wonderful pictures from Aalborg. Malik and the girls are very lovely. It is a pleasure to see all three together.
    dear greetings to England