Copenhagen Zoo in June 2019 Part 2: Teaching Imaq

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

24.6.2019 by Ralph Morton


There is now deep water in the enclosure and it was soon clear that Lynn used it to teach Imaq some lessons. Both bears dived into the water again and again, but somehow the shots did not come out right on my Knuphone.


Imaq had learnt that it was important to follow her mother.


Being a Polar Bear Imaq could not resist giving Lynn a playful nip to show that she was following her.


Imaq made sure that she was safely on top of Lynn and following her.


This training may not be necessary in the safe waters of a Zoo but in the Arctic it might save Imaq’s life.


It was certainly fun for the visitors to watch, and Imaq seemed to be enjoying the ride too.


It was quite a long time and Imaq was beginning to get a bit restless.


Playfighting in the water is another important lesson for cubs. In the case of a female Polar Bear this skill will allow her to test a future male to see if he should be a father to her cubs. Of course it is also great fun for Mum and cub.


Ursus Maritimus is the Latin name for Imaq. She certainly showed that she was at home in the water.


The careful opening and closing of powerful jaws is a key skill for Polar Bears.


Lynn demonstrated how much she was passing on to her daughter.


The fight often became more of a mother cub cuddle. Who would not want to cuddle such a lovely Mum?

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  1. Dear Ralph,

    It’s fun to see how Imaq is imitating Lynn in the water – even though she sometimes takes a break and wants to hitch hike on mama’s back. 🙂 Of course, the hitch-hiking is also an important part of the learning process – especially in the wild!

    Lynn is a good mentor to Imaq and makes sure that the swimming lessons are even combined with some very tender moments.

    Thank you so much for this sweet report!

    Hugs from Mervi

  2. Dear Ralph, thank you for the interesting report about Lynn and Imaq. The young bears like to swim on the mother’s back 🙂

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

  4. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for another part of your zoo report from Copenhagen.
    In Berlin the temperatures are rising and your refreshing pics are very welcome.

    Lynn and Imaq are a good team and Imaq profits a lot from her loving mother who teaches her everything a young polar bear should know.
    Mother Lynn´s back seems to be very useful when her little daughter is getting tired…


  5. Lieber Ralph,

    deine Schwimmstudien zeigen wieder deine tolle Beobachtungsgabe, die jedes Details
    beschreibt. Richtig – das Schwimmen auf Mutters RĂĽcken ist bei langen Wegen
    in der arktischen See ĂĽberlebenswichtig fĂĽr die Jungtiere.
    Im sicheren Pool im Zoo sieht es ein herzerwärmender Anblick.

    Vielen Dank fĂĽr deine intensiven Beobachtungen und liebe GrĂĽĂźe!

  6. Dear Ralph,thanks a lot for your report and wonderful pictures.

    Lots of greetings from Copenhagen

  7. These are very nice shots made by your KNuphone – don’t worry!
    The pics where you say that IMAG had learned from her mother LYNN to follow her look very funny once in a while, as they give the impression LYNN would give birth to her again . . .

    Interesting remark od yours: “… the safe waters of a Zoo but in the Arctic it might save Imaq’s life”. So were the remarks to ‘play fighting in the water’ and “The careful opening and closing of powerful jaws is a key skill for Polar Bears.”

    Cuddling for sure is always something to enjoy – the more for any little ones!

    Thank you.