Ice breaker Sisu is happy again!

May 7th, 2019 | By | Category: Lead articles

7.5.2019 – Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Terve! Hello! It’s been quite a while since my previous newsletter but here I am again! I must confess I’ve been a little down after the separation from my mama but now I’m feeling fine! Even mama is enjoying her life as a bachelorette so life is  wonderful again!

The sad blues has turned into a merry polar bear polka! 🙂


Next Sunday is the Mother’s Day so I went looking for flowers to my mama. Unfortunately all I found is this twig.


Now I got a fantastic idea! I put a spell on this twig! When I throw it to mama’s enclosure she will know it comes from me. Instead of a twig she will see a beautiful rose! I’m sure of that!!!

Mervi’s note: Dear Sisu, I’m convinced your mama will love your ‘rose’!


As you can see the snow has melted on our ‘beach’ but the pool is still frozen. I have a nice ice mirror!


The ice in our pools is quite thin now.


I love to jump in and break the ice!


Oh bear, this is so refreshing! The water has exactly the right temperature!


The two legged creatures here are envious to people living in the southern parts of Europe because it’s almost Summer in many countries. However, I’m sure my polar bear friends are envious to mama and me because we still have snow and ice!


Look – I have ice under me, over me and on both sides of me! What more could a polar bear boy want? Well, a yammy snack but that’s another story …. 🙂



This photo clearly shows I’m a Finnish polar bear. White and Blue are my favourite colours!


I can’t stay under water for a very long time but I can ‘hide’ for enough long time to make my visitors worried. They’re often terrified wondering if I have vanished under the water. Then I can hear a sigh of relief when I pop up again. It’s very funny …. am I being a naughty boy doing this?

Here comes the white submarine!


What’s this?


Now you can see better ….


Hello folks! It’s me! Did you know that in Finland there is a really big ice breaker called Sisu? A very suitable name!


Sometimes I find treasures under the ice.


This time it’s a big piece of meat. Maybe I’ve hidden it and then forgotten all about it.


Our pool is a perfect fridge & freezer – and I can eat IN it! Isn’t that great!


That was all for now but I hope to be back soon!

Paw waves to you all from your pal Sisu. Maybe I’ll have grass between my claws next time ….



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  1. TERVE!

    “… life is wonderful again!” is an important sentence hopefully we all can use again and again after rather rough times.

    I am happy to hear/read this sentence from you, dear SISU-boy and your pretty Mamma VENUS.
    A Mamma certainly easily knows what’s behind even only a naked stick given as a gift from her boy! So, don’t worry.

    The self-mirroting picture MARKO JUNTTILA took of you at your pond is as great as all his other photos are. Please tell him that I am always impressed and pleased when seeing his pics of you, your mother, and sometimes even of the wonderful RANUA-landscape and let him have my -Thank-you-greetings’.

    No, you are not at all ‘naughty’ – that’s normal for boys and girls of a certain ge and even for every being: TEASING IS FUN! . . You know, there’s a saying in German ‘Was sich liebt, das neckt sich’ and I am sure you simply LOVE your visitors as much as they love you! . . Right!?

    Bye-Bye for today my white and blue loving wonderful Finnish polar bear boy! See/read you soon again!

  2. Dear Sisu, Marko and Mervi
    I am so happy to see you enjoying being on your own. As a male Polar Bear you will need to be very brave and I see you are already practicing your moves. Mother Venus will be much more relaxed knowing that her boy has grown up and is ready to make his journey in life.
    The words and photographs are magical

  3. Liebe Mervi,
    lieber Marko,

    die schönen Fotos von Sisu machen mich froh, denn es scheint, dass er sich nun an die
    Trennung von seiner Mutter gewöhnt hat und sich spielend gut ablenken kann.

    Mervi, deine Kommentare sind wie immer wieder große klasse und das neu Bild von Knut auch.

    Liebe Grüße und vielen Dank!

  4. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for this heartwarming article!
    The photos are simply beautiful and the accompanying text is humorous, affectionate and fits perfectly .
    I´m relieved that Sisu is his own happy self again and keeps himslf busy.

    For sure his mum will take the twig for a lovely rose and appreciate it.

    What a relief it must be for the visitors when he finally breaks through the frozen surface and is seen again after he had vanished under water for some minutes – and what fun for the little rascal. Well, not so little anymore…
    The pics of this bearish ice breaker are really breathtaking!
    Thank you for sharing!


  5. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    Sisu hat sich daran gewöhnt alleine zu sein und geniesst Eis und Schnee.
    Da wäre ich auch erschrocken wenn er unter Eis bleibt und lange nicht auftaucht aber ich denke das Eis
    ist nicht mehr so dick.
    Venus jetzt auch alleine und ich bin gespannt ob ein neuer Gefährte kommt oder ein Mädel zu Sisu im Tausch
    mit Venus oder…….. es gibt viele Möglichkeiten und das EEP entscheidet (leider).
    Vielen Dank für die neuesten schönen Bilder aus Ranua und Mervi hat wieder witzig und perfekt getextet.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  6. Dear Marko, dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Sisu. The winter did not leave Ranua. Sisu is very successful as ice breaker. I think he enjoys if the visitors are worried about his diving skills.

  7. It’s so nice to see you, Sisu, so happily diving and playing!
    Your pool is frozen and that’s a great pleaser, you can enjoy playing with the ice, too! This twig is a fantastic gift to your mother!
    Aron Boy greets you and tells that he doesn’t have the ice and even any twig…He’s bored and a bit sad…

    Dear Mervi & Marko,
    Many thanks for this lovely article!

    Best wishes and
    Greetings, Evi

  8. Lieber Sisu!

    Letzten Sonntag hätte es Dir bei uns auch gefallen, es hat sogar in der Stadt geschneit! Mir gefällt ja der Sommer besser, aber Du hast sichtlich Spass mit dem eisgekühlten Pool.

    Liebe Grüße aus Innsbruck, Erika

  9. dear Mervi and dear Marko
    thank you so much for the new pictures of the ice breaker Sisu.
    terve dear Sisu,
    it is wonderful to see you in such a good mood, I am glad in your pool still is the ice and you can play, but take care, do not stay too long under the ice, if I were your visitor I also would be worried. But yes I am an old woman and forget that you are a big strong Polar bear boy. I send good wishes to you and your dear Mama
    dear greetings and big paw waves to all

  10. Liebe Mervi, lieber Marko,

    Schnee im Mai, das it doch etwas ungewöhnlich. Aber Sisu freut sich darüber.
    Schön zu hören, dass er die Trennung von seiner Mama doch ganz gut überstanden hat.
    Die Fotos von Eisbrecher Sisu sind einfach köstlich. Super Aufnahmen. Danke.

    Liebe Grüße