Nuenen: Cool animals despite the heat!

Jul 25th, 2019 | By | Category: Featured articles

25.7.2019 – Photos by Hans Muskens

The heat wave has arrived even in Nuenen but our animal friends know how to keep themselves cool. Water and shadow should do the trick even for you, dear readers of Knuti’s Weekly!

Frimas and one of the twins are having a morning nap in the shadow.

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Very soon it was getting too hot even in the shadow so the family headed to their pool.

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Oh bear, it’s much easier to stay cool by the water!

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Frimas tells her kids that the extreme weather conditions are due to the climate change.

Dear children, let’s hope that the world leaders will finally understand what must be done. I feel so sorry for our friends in the wild. Soon there will be no ice left unless something is done – and very fast, too! The Summers are getting extremely hot and the Winters are getting warmer and shorter.

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We are very lucky having food everyday – no matter if the weather is hot or cold. We also have a very nice pool where we can cool off when ever we feel like it. Our friends in the wild are desperately looking for food and waiting for the Winter. They are depending on the ice so they can hunt their food but it’s getting more and more difficult.

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Even other animals have discovered how to keep themselves cool.

The Berliner rhinos  Narayani and Jhansi have established themselves well in Nuenen.

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Monsieur Gainda

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A tired rhino male

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What luck there’s a ‘pool’ even for these giants!

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The sweet rabbit has retired to his/her Summer cottage which offers shelter from the hot sun rays.

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The big cats prefer to stay in the shadow most of the day.

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What a charming photo of the cheetah!

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I need a cold drink! Can you recommend a cosy bar somewhere near? 🙂

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The only decent place for a brownie is in the water!

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Hello there! Remember me? I’m the utter working under cover – or maybe over the cover today …. 🙂

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What can one do on a hot day? Hmm, maybe counting toes is a suitable activity?

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Mama elephant took her baby for a wet walk.

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Even our feathered friends know they must drink a lot.

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Dear Sis, mama’s talk about the climate change made me very worried. Does it mean we won’t have snow in the Winter? I’m upset – I repeat I’m very upset!! And I feel so sorry for our polar bear friends in the wild!

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Calm down! We just have to wait and see – and hope for the best but I must confess that I’m worried, too. Snow and ice are our elements and I’ll be very angry if they will disappear.

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Henk has been listening to his cubbies ….

How I hope I could get in touch with those people responsible for upsetting my children! That simply won’t do!!! Maybe it’s time for us polar bear papas to get united and meet the leaders of the world? I suggest we all come to the meeting UNARMED! Usually the two legged creatures are carrying guns when they want to meet us ….

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It’s heart breaking to think that our planet is being destroyed …..I want my children and their children to have a planet where everybody – both humans and animals – can have a decent life!

However, on behalf of my family I wish you all a pleasant Summer  time. Please, don’t forget the magic of the water during the hot period!

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Photos by Hans Muskens


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  1. Dear Hans and Mervi
    The words and pictures here are very moving. Nothing to add.

  2. Dear Mervi and Hans!
    This fine report was a delight though it became deadly serious in the end. I agree with every word of the cubbies and their father Henk! Thank you so much!

    Mervi you are right: water and a place in the shadow do the trick when the heat is getting quite unbearable. A little nap now and then is not to be sneezed at too…

    There are so many gorgeous pics of cool animals coping with the heat I can´t choose a favourite.

    I´m especially happy that our Berlin rhinos Narayani and Jhansi are doing well and did get used to their new home which seems to be a really good one.

    All pics of wonderful animals in Nuenen are very much appreciated.
    I loved the relaxed big cats as well as the bears if white or brown, the under or over cover utter, the guinea pig, the chimp, the birds and mother and baby elephant.
    All these beauties make the best of the current heat and are able to enjoy life anyway.
    We should be able to do so as well…!


  3. Dear Mervi and Hans!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures. The polar bears have the shadow and the pool. It is neccessary at the hot weather.
    I aam happy that the rhinos from the zoo Berlin are doing well in Nuenen.

  4. Liebe Mervi,
    lieber Hans,

    die Fotos sind toll und die Geschichten dazu sind wieder exzellent
    von dir formuliert, liebe Mervi.
    Wie du richtig bemerkst, geht es den Eisbären zurzeit nur in den
    Zoos wirklich gut, weil sie trotz der Hitze ihr regelmäßiges Futter bekommen,
    hoffentlich bessert sich die Situation fĂĽr die Wildtiere ganz schnell.

    Ich hatte auch mal ein Meerschweinchen, das von Anka auf einem
    Parkplatz (!) gefunden wurde. Es sah diesem Rosettenmeerschweinchen sehr ähnlich!

    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe

  5. Liebe Mervi und lieber Hans,
    wenn wir Zweibeiner schon so unter der unnatĂĽrlichen Hitze leiden, wie mag es unseren pelzigen Freunden
    ergehen. Sie wissen wie sie sich bei der Hitze zu verhalten haben und werden viel Zeit im Wasser verbringen.
    Schön zu sehen dass es den Berliner Nashörner gut in ihrer neuen Heimat geht.
    Ihre tierischen Nachbarn relaxen im Schatten und genauso ist es richtig.
    Klimawandel ist ein THEMA, wir wissen das aber Politik und Wirtschaft wollen es einfach nicht wahr haben.
    Vielen Dank, schöne Bilder und gut getextet.
    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe Moni K

  6. Dear mother FRIMAS your trust in ‘the World Leaders’ is amazing!
    I personally have to admit I trust them decreasingly and not at all in their capacities . . .
    Let’s say at least not the majority of them!

    The more I liked what i read and saw here.

    Thank you very much, dera MERVI and HANS MUSKENS for the fitting subtitles and the gorgeous pics!

  7. Quoting HENK:
    “Maybe it’s time for us polar bear papas to get united and meet the leaders of the world?”.

    Oh yes, PLEASE! . . Be sure you don’t need any weapons the kind of your appearance simply may already do the trick!! (??)

  8. Always a great of pleasure to read about that very lovely Bear Family!
    They look happy and playful in every weather!

    Stunning photos, dear Hans! Love the reflections on the water – wonderful!

    Thanks a lot for this nice article, dear Mervi!

    Many greetings from Tallinn,

  9. Die Zwillinge haben sich toll entwickelt. 🙂
    Auch die anderen Tiere sind sehenswert.

  10. Liebe Mervi,

    danke fürs Zeigen der schönen Fotos von Frimas und ihren beiden Kids. Die Kleinen sind schon schön gewachsen.

    Schöner Fotos auch von Nashorn & Co.

    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe