Sisu’s thoughts in July 2019

Jul 21st, 2019 | By | Category: Lead articles

21.7.2019 – Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Terve! Hello! It’s your pal Sisu calling again. This Summer started with an extremely hot weather but after the heat wave everything’s been normal. In other words it’s been rather cold and rainy – just like the Finnish Summer usually is. Well, at least it hasn’t been snowing …. 🙂

When I’m writing this the heat has come back so I’m spending most of the time in water.


Shake it baby, shake! 🙂



Isn’t it great I can make a ‘shower’ myself!


OK, now I feel cool enough to enjoy my carot!


Jemma found something yammy, too.


She’s a very lovely girl and she knows how to ‘take’ her public!


A ballerina from the Swan Lake?


We have a newborn bambi in our park. This photo looks like a page from a fairy tale book doesn’t it?


What a sweet scene!


Welcome to our park, sweetie!


The wolf is enjoying the Summer time, too.


Where’s my date? We agreed at 12.00 sharp!!


Well, all is well when the end is well!


This Summer our park offers the visitors a chance to meet some sweet south American friends.


And that’s not all. The visitors can even take a walk with the alpacas in the woods. During the walks the alpacas can be treated with yammy snacks, too. This is possible until the 10th of August and the prize is reasonable 10 euros including the snacks.


The alpacas aren’t permanent inhabitants in our park. They only stay here over the Summer and in the Fall they move back to their usual home ‘Revontulten alpakat’.


Of course, you wonder why there are no ‘Sisu Walks’ . I would be happy to guide the visitors in our woods but the keepers told me they would probably run away if they saw a white giant as their guide …. I really don’t understand the two legged creatures. Don’t they know I’m a nice kind of guy??


As I already wrote there’s a new heat wave in Finland for the time being but luckily I know how to keep myself cool! I would like to invite the visitors to join me in the pool but you know what the keepers say …..

See you again soon! Your pal Sisu

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  1. TERVE! – How nice to see your sweet Lakritze-nose as (near to) first ‘thing’ in a Sunday morning, dear SISU!

    At our end it remained rather chilly and near to ‘cold’ very often. Only yesterday we had another hot day up to 30 degres Celsius. Yesterday in the night it even rained surprisingly quite heavy for what we are rather used to nowadays.

    You know very well how to create nice waterdrop patterns when shaking your head so actively 🙂

    Your neighbors are nice and pretty, too – Your MARKO knew again how to take gorgeous photos of you and of them! . . The dhole seems to be quite unpatient. You’ll see when the time comes: that’s quite normal when one has fallen in love! Good the lady of his heart appeared soon . . . 🙂

    Wishing you much further fun with the summer games in the water!

    See ya! Hugs!

  2. PLEASE! . . Don’t forget to breath in time!!!!

  3. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for this nice report and photos of summertime as it ought to be: relaxed, warm but not hot, OK one or another heatwave if needed – I could actually live quite happily without it! – , but then always a refreshment in reach!

    Sisu really makes the best of it, he goes for a swim to cool down.
    I loved the video where he amuses himself with making bubbles under water.

    The other animals look beautiful and quite relaxed too. The pics are fabulous and the subtitles as always fit perfectly.
    I loved Jemma and her Yoga exercises, the graceful swan, the deer and its little sweetie as well as the wolf, the dholes and the alpacas.
    What a nice idea the visitors can go for a walk with the alpacas for a reasonable prize.


  4. Liebe Mervi,

    SISU hat es gut, er kann bei der Hitze ins kühle Nass abtauchen.
    Seinen langen Atem stellt er in diesem Video unter Beweis und man sieht,
    dass auch Bären gerne neue Beschäftigungen ausprobieren.

    Das Spazierengehen mit Alpakas macht bestimmt Spaß, und wer von uns möchte
    nicht auch mal gerne mit einem Bären spazieren gehen?
    Die anderen tierischen Bewohner sind bestens gelaunt und von Marco
    wunderbar fotografiert.

    Vielen Dank für die schöne Sommer Party aus Ranua!

  5. Dear Mervi
    Monika aus Berlin would love to join the Alpaca walk
    It is going to be hot here, so I would love to join Sisu for a swim. However, I think he prefers white furry company!
    Marco’s photos have a magical quality that remind me of the great American nature films that were made by Disney and others

  6. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for the new pictures of Sisu and the other lovely animals. Sisu can swim at the hot and cold weather 🙂

  7. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    das ist für Finnland ungewöhnlich so eine Hitzewelle aber unsere Politiker behaupten – es gibt keinen
    Hauptsache Sisu und Venus und all die anderen netten Bewohner im Ranua Zoo kommen gut durch die Hitze.
    Bambis sind immer niedlich und ich kann mich an solchen süßen Rehkitzen nicht satt sehen.
    Eine Alpaka-Tour für nur 10Euro, das ist sehr günstig und leider ist Ranua für mich zu weit weg.
    Vielen Dank, schöne Bilder, witziger Text und es hat Spaß gemacht Sisu und seine Mitbewohner zu sehen.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  8. Always a pleasure see you, little fluffy Fur Ball Sisu!
    So glad all is fine with you and with your friends!
    Nice, that you may cool yourself in the water on this hot Summer!
    Many thanks for this lovely article, dear Mervi & Marko!

    Best wishes and many friendly greetings,
    Evi from Tallinn

  9. dear Mervi and dear Marko,
    thank you so much for the lovely pictures from Zoo Ranua, all the ánimals are looking good
    terve dear Sisu, I am glad to see you in such a good mood,you can enjoy your bath and feel so cool, I can imagine that many visitors would like to play with you in your nice pool
    you are looking great and so is Jemma, the bambi is very sweet and the alpacas are very friendly, I wish you and all the dear animals a very good Summer time, I hope your dear Mama is also fine
    dear greetings and big paw waves

  10. LiebeMervi, lieberMarko,

    danke für die wieder schönen Fotos aus Ranua.

    Bei diesen heißen Temperaturen beneide ich Sisu um seinen Pool. Er macht es richtig. Super, wie lange er unter Wasser “blubbern” kann.
    Tolles Video.

    Süß, das kleine Bambi.

    Bei dem Alpaka-Spaziergang wäre ich sofort dabei. Das finde ich super, denn ich mag diese Tiere unheimlich gerne.

    Liebe Grüße