Nuenen – The battle of an apple

Jun 27th, 2019 | By | Category: Dierenrijk Nuenen

27.6.2019 – Photos by Hans Muskens

A good breakfast is a perfect start of a day and both Nivi and Elva know that! What luck that mama Frimas always has the breakfast ready for the kids!

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After the hearty morning meal it’s time to plan the activities of the day.┬á Maybe a nice bath?

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Come on kids! – As you can see Frimas’ milk bar is a popular hangout for her twins.

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The whole family in the water

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It looks like Frimas is praying …. ­čÖé

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Battle of the apple

Mama, what’s that red thing in your mouth?

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I’d better take a closer look ….

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Dear child, this is an apple …. or at least half of an apple.

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Mama, we want to taste it, too!!

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Dear Nivi and Elva, in the wild there’s the law of jungle …. finder’s keepers!

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One of the kids managed to pinch the apple and Frimas gives her┬á a big hand …. hmm, I mean a big paw. ­čÖé

Well done, but because we don’t have to fight for our food we must learn to share, too. I hope you can learn that in due course!

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Water ballet …. or maybe water wrestling?

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Hahaa, Sis – I think I won!

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No hard feelings I hope!

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Cuteness in the water

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There are lots of nice photos by Hans Muskens even of other animals in Nuenen!



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  1. Wow,
    What a LOVELY article of that WONDERFUL Bear family,
    dear Mervi!
    These CUTE Fur Balls look happy and playful!
    Very beautiful pictures, too, dear Hans!
    Many thanks and happy day!

    Greetings from Tallinn,

  2. Dear Hans!
    Thank you for the pictures of Frimas, Nivi and Elva. The girls are very cute.

  3. Dear Mervi and Hans!
    It┬┤s always delightful to see polar bears doing well in a zoo.
    Frimas and her kids obviously enjoy playing in their pool – and that┬┤s the best they can do on hot summer days…
    Nivi and Elva have grown a lot and became lovely young polar bear ladies.
    Thank you for these nice and summery pics from Nuenen!

    Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for editing and the vivid subtitles!


  4. Liebe Mervi,
    lieber Hans,

    ich glaube, Friemas hatte schon mal Zwillinge – sie ist also eine erfahrene
    Mutter, aber geteilt wird auch bei ihr sehr ungern.
    Die beiden Jungtiere haben sich prima entwickelt und ihr Wasserballett ist
    ganz reizend.

    Danke f├╝r die tollen Fotos und die lustigen Kommentare.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če

  5. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Hans.
    Best wishes to Frimas, Nivi and Elva.

  6. Dear Mervi and Hans
    I am so grateful to you for covering the Polar Bear family in Nuenen. Your photos have allowed us to see them in such living and loving detail.

  7. Dear Hans!
    It is great and very much appreciated there is someone in Nuenen who keeps us updated about Frimas and her kids Nivi and Elva.

    May I ask you for something?
    Our beloved Indian rhinos Jhansi and Narayani moved from Berlin to Dierenrijk Nuenen on Monday.
    I would be so happy if you could visit them and take some pics.

    I┬┤m quite sad that they have been sent away and just want to know if they are doing fine.
    Hopefully the keepers in Nuenen will love them like the keepers and visitors in Berlin did!


  8. To Anke from Hans:

    Sorry Anke, ik schrijf helaas geen neushoorns hebben een geweldig nieuw verblijf,speciaal voor hen gebouwd.zezijn vanaf 6juli te zien voor het grote publiek. Ze hebben de reis goed doorstaan. Ik mag vanaf 6juli foto’s maken,dus die kun je vanaf 7 juli weer volgen op mijn Facebook. Daarna kun je ze gebruiken om te zien hoe goed ze het hier hebben. Er arriveerd vandaag nog een mannetje uit Frankrijk. Vele groetjes. Hans

    A google translation

    Sorry Anke, unfortunately I don’t write English. The rhinos have a great new stay, specially built for them. They survived the journey well. I can take photos from July 6, so you can follow them again on July 7 on my Facebook. Then you can use them to see how good they are here. A man from France arrives today. Many greetings. Hans

    Dear Anke,

    I will follow FB so I hope to be able to show some photos in KWM later on..

    Hugs from Mervi

  9. Beste Hans!
    Sorry, my Dutch is more than poor…

    Dear Mervi and Hans!
    Thank you so much!
    I┬┤m looking forward to seeing some photos of the two ladies in their new home. Though I┬┤m still sad about their move it is a relief they will live in a good and appropriate new home!

    Liebe Mervi, lieber Hans!
    Ich freue mich darauf, einige Fotos der beiden Damen in ihrem neuen Zuhause zu sehen. Auch wenn ich noch traurig ├╝ber ihren Weggang bin, erleichtert es mich, dass sie in einem guten und angemessenen Zuhause leben werden.

    Liebe Mervi!
    Danke f├╝r die ├ťbersetzung und dass Du die Facebook Fotos von Hans hier einstellen willst!

    Alles Liebe