Copenhagen in June 2019 Part 1 – Imaq has grown

Jun 18th, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

18.6.2019 by Ralph Morton

I had not expected to be back in Copenhagen Zoo so soon after my visit in March, but a meeting with friends in Aalborg Zoo to say goodbye to Polar Bear girls Nuka and Quillak was too good to miss, so I repeated my route by flying to Copenhagen first and then coming home from Copenhagen on the Saturday at the end of the journey.


This had been my farewell view of Mother Lynn and her as yet unnamed daughter.


My first view was of Lynn on her own. She was still checking out the enclosure before allowing her daughter to come out.



What a difference three months had made. The girl was now called Imaq (a Greenland word for water or sea).



Imaq had become an impressive Polar Bear cub and followed her mother in checking out the enclosure.


Imaq looked confident and her many visitors were delighted every time she came out to see us.


Posing for photographs seems to run in the family. Lynn always stands still while we all photograph her, and so does Imaq.


However, Imaq did not stand still for long. There were too many things in the enclosure for her to investigate.


Back in March Imaq demonstrated how brave she was by facing up to the large crowd of visitors rather than hiding behind Lynn. This suggested to me that she might be a girl, since male Polars tend to put themselves first and hide behind Mum.


The straw had been replaced by water, but Imaq had lost none of her courage and curiosity.


It is not hard to see how Imaq has learned to be so brave. Lynn demonstrated for her.


A keeper caught Lynn’s attention and I was able to get a shot just in time.


A little later on and Lynn came up again to see what the keeper was doing.

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  1. Dear Ralph,
    three month is a long time for Imaq. Imag is a curious girl now. She is interested in the visitors too 🙂

  2. Dear Ralph!
    You must have been quite happy to see Lynn and Imaq so soon after your last visit.
    The fine pics you took show that Imaq became a big girl now and that she is getting self-confident.
    I loved the pics where she is standing upright like her mother.
    Both bears look gorgeous.
    Thanx for showing!


  3. This farewell-photo of LYNN and IMAQ (as we know nowadays!) was and is over-cuuuute! Thanks for showing again.

    The picture when a keeper caught LYNN’s attention are most beautiful. She is a right beauty – no question about that and EVI for sure is more than proud about her favorite polar bear ever!(?).

    Thank you very much for these nice new impressions and memories.

  4. Dear Ralph,

    Oh bear, Imaq has grown a lot even since my visit in Copenhagen in May! The kids grow so fast …. too fast …. 😀

    The Danish princess looks so cute imitating mama Lynn standing on her hind legs.

    Both bears seem to like photographing visitors and make sure they can take good shots. 😀

    Thank you so much for the first part of your Copenhagen reports!

    Hugs from Mervi

  5. Thank you very much dear Ralph.
    Best wishes to Lynn and Imaq.

  6. Dear Ralph,
    nice to see your pictures from Copenhagen. Yes, she is charming (like her mother).Now they live in the big enclosure – The arctic Ring and Nöel in the smaller enclosure. And all 3 bears are doing fine. Nöel started her time in Copenhagen in the small enclosure, and she had always had a nice time there. There is no place like home.

    Thanks to Mervi for showing.
    Hugs Inge

  7. dear Ralph,
    so good that you came back to Copenhagen and could see how Imaq has grown.
    Thank you so much for all the nice pictures and for your report.It was a joy to watch and read it
    dear greetings and big paw waves to England