Water is a nice toy!

Jun 11th, 2019 | By | Category: Novosibirsk

11.6.2019 – Photos by Anna Novikova

In the Novosibirsk Zoo Nordi and Shauna have discovered the pleasures of water and spend a lot of time in the wet element.

– Mama, I remember when you told us that water is a nice element. You were so right!


The water is a very nice toy! Actually – it’s our favourite toy now!


– Shauna, you look like a golden retriever .. 🙂

– You look the same, Nordi! Hahaa, have we turned into cute dogs now?


We have toys in our wet toy! Isn’t that fantastic? Oh bear, what a big ball!


Sometimes it’s very difficult to choose ….


A study in a barrel treatment




This barrel is a real challenge ….


…. but before the Summer is over I promise you this barrel will have a shape of an omelette!!



We love to swim in our big toy! 🙂 Doesn’t the water look wonderful? So many different colours!


Look, the red barrel has fallen in the water. Luckily I was there to rescue it. I’m a Baywatch polar bear! 🙂


Here we go ….


….. almost there!


I’m sure the barrel is very grateful for my rescue operation!



We are really good pals so I give it a gentle hug.


Swimming in the wet toy and rescuing barrels made us very sleepy. We love to nap together ….


…. but napping close to mama is even better! Bye-bye – we’ll be back soon!


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  1. Any of your photos are agsain a gift to watch, dear ANNA and MERVI’s matching comments are much fun as usual! Thanks to the both of you!

    It’s not only a barel-study but also a paw-study – so ‘awwwww . . . ‘

    Yes, you are right, dear little-ones: the many shades of each colour in nature are a miracle and simply wonderful! (great pic btw., dear ANNA!. . . ‘Bay watch polar bear’ is a hilarious pic as well!).

  2. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Anna.
    Best wishes to Nordi, Shauna and their mum.

  3. Dear Anna!
    You bring always the wonderful pictures of the bears. Nordi and Shauna are no more afraid of the water. They play and swim very good.

  4. Liebe Mervi,
    liebe Anna,

    obwohl die Fotos mit den spielenden Bärchen herzig anzusehen sind, werde ich hierzu
    nicht mehr kommentieren, weil mich das winzige und steinige Freigehege schlichtweg
    erschüttert. Die Zwillinge können schließlich nicht den ganzen Tag im Wasser bleiben, um ihre
    Spiellust auzuleben….
    Auch in Rostock gab es damals für Fite nur ein kleines steiniges Gehege, aber man hat ihm
    und seiner Mutter Vilma wenigstens ein kleines Mulchbett gemacht, wo sie gemütlich schlafen,
    kuscheln und der Kleine im Sand wühlen konnte.

    Liebe Grüße

  5. Dear Anna and Mervi!
    These are again sweet pics of the polar bear family in Novosibirsk.
    The little ones finally overcame their fear of water and learned how much fun they can have in and with it.
    I consider it an important enrichment for the cubs as well as the colourful toys they got.
    I agree with Britta-Gudrun about the poor enclosure and that they deserve something better.
    On the other side I´m convinced the cubs are loved and treated well.

    Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for your again priceless subtitles!


  6. Dear Anna and Mervi
    I think that Nordi and Shauna are far too busy with all the new experiences in their enclosure to worry about sleeping, In fact judging by the photos they simply use Gerda or each other! The pictures and words are beautiful and the contentment of all three Polar Bears is evident in all the photos.

  7. Liebe Mervi und liebe Anna,
    wieder wunderschöne Bilder von den Zwillingen und ihrer Mama Gerda.
    Alles ist interessant und wird bespielt und dann diese bezaubernden Bilder der schlafenden Bären.
    Vielen Dank und auch an Mervi die wieder super getextet hat.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K