My Second day in Aalborg Zoo: Thursday 15 August – Part 1: Morning

Oct 3rd, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

3.10.2019 by Ralph Morton

A Dutch visitor filmed me with Nuka on the first day. The link to the Facebook posting.

I could not believe my luck. Jeanette and Susanne has arranged another special day for the friends of Aalborg Zoo. Several familiar faces were waiting for me at the Zoo entrance.

The very experienced keepers at Aalborg ensure that even seasoned Polar Bear fans like us are reminded of the safety precautions necessary when going in to the rear areas. We were under close supervision at all times.

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Nuka and Quillak were waiting at the bars to be fed as we were given our briefing.

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The girls are now quite big at nearly three years.

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For some of the smaller items we were told to use tweezers and make sure our hands stayed the right side of the bars!

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Bigger items could be handed to the girls safely. Jeanette has had a lot of practice and knows how to keep her fingers safe!

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A couple of other members of the group enjoying the closeness to the girls.

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For me, this was a wonderful opportunity, while others were feeding the girls, to get some close up shots of them at the bars.

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In these shots the lovely nose markings of the Polar Bear can be seen clearly.

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We were all warned to be alert for paws at the bars. The girls are already powerful predators.

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The nose markings are completely different on each bear.

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We were advised to try and feed the girls separately. They stand up as high as us already.

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The keeper was on hand to ensure that the girls did not get too enthusiastic with their paws.

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Any food that stuck to the bars was also taken care of.

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The cubs can still look as if butter would not melt in their mouths.

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The girls remain beautiful young Polar Bears.

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Grapes are a firm favourite, but like all fruit are used sparingly as treats.

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You were wondering how the grapes got on the bars. Jeanette was on hand.

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Carrots are also a firm favourite with the girls.

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Jeanette brought her star Polar Bear treat, corn cobs. As you can see, the girls were delighted. However, they do leave quite a lot of mess, so are only rare treats.

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Celery is a popular snack with the bears and the keepers. It can be given to them safely without risking precious fingers, and is good for them as well.

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Because Malik was keeping out of Nord’s way, we did not feed her. Nord came to be fed. He is a friendly bear. However, Malik’s welfare meant that he had to leave Aalborg as soon as could be arranged for the Scandinavian Park.

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Nord was delighted to receive a Corn Cob without the stem and leaves.

The session with the three bears was the first part of what was to be a very special day. I have some surprises for you in the next part.

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  1. Lieber Ralph,
    Eisbären so nah zu sein ist immer ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis.
    Auch wenn sie noch so lieb sind, das Gitter ist die Grenze und man muß immer vorsichtig sein.
    Vielen Dank, daß wir dabei sein durften die Bären so nah zu erleben.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  2. If one sees all those lovely faces behind te bars it’s difficult to always keeping in mind how dangerous those white beautiful bears are! I can very well imagine how strong the desire might be to touch and pet them; however, I can also imagine that it takes the breath away when one sees such a giant (even a young one) in full size next to oneself!

    Pity that some of the most interesting encounters ‘animal-man’ are only to be seen in the d****d F***B***

    What did you do to get this second chance of a ‘behind the scenes visit’ at the polar bears’ ???
    I scent bribery! ;-))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    No – no – no – of course you deserve it – and sholdn’t some be a bit luckier than others . . . And – of course – you are also more active and spend more time, energy and means to get in situations with this kind of chances!

    Thanks for another interesting reports with lots of gorgeous photos.

  3. OMG – I have to apologize. I just gabe it a try to click the two links – and what?: miracles do happen!

    Great!

    In the first video one can see that’s sometimes good to have a thick glass panel between oneself and the beautiful white lady in front. Isn’t it!!??

    The second video shows how lucky you are and how eager the white ladies are to catch the obviously yummy treats!

    Wonderful!

  4. Dear Ralph!
    In the first video Nuka made clear she is not a teddy bear to play with but a powerful predator by now.
    How good there was a thick glass pane between you and her!

    I´m happy for you that you were allowed to feed the girls and even the impressive male Nord with some yummy treats – of course very cautious. You looked really pleased in the second video and must have been so excited actually.
    What a great experience as a farewell present.
    Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Hugs
    Anke

  5. Lieber Ralph,

    herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser großartigen Auszeichnung für die Bärenfütterung
    in Aalborg!
    Danke für die roßartigen Fotos und tollen Videos.
    Ich bin begeistert und freue mich für dich.

    Liebe Grüße
    Britta-Gudrun

  6. Lieber Ralph,

    Tja, was soll ich schreiben? Ich kann mich eigentlich nur wiederholen, dass es immer wieder ein besonders schönes Ereignis ist, den Eisbären so nah zu sein, und sogar zu füttern.
    Und ich freue mich sehr für Dich.

    Schöne Bilder und Videos.

    Liebe Grüße
    Monika

  7. Was fuer ein Erlebnis, den Eisbaeren so nah sein zu koennen! Die Naeschen sind wirklich entzueckend.

    Liebe Gruesse, Erika

  8. Dear Ralph,

    Watching you and Nuka ‘chatting’ is a pure pleasure! What a fantastic treasure this video is in your your ‘cupboard of memories’!

    Of course, feeding Nord and the girls was a wonderful experience, too. I guess it’s difficult to resist the temptation of cuddling the bears but everybody – hopefully – knows that the cute bears are predators and not teddybears.

    Dear Jeanette, you look like a professional polar bear keeper! Thank you for letting us share the magic moments!

    Hugs from Mervi

  9. Dear Ralph, I am afraid that my face is having a very green color and this is not due to one or another allergy!!! Lucky you!!! But you deserve it, they know you in Aalborg and they also know that you are a good visitor. Frankly said, seeing you feeding them with the tweezers, it looks like you have done this all you life. Both human and animal are very relaxed and enjoying the moment.
    I adore your expression “these cubs can still look as if butter would not melt in their mouth”. Never heard it before but it is the prefect description of how they can still look.
    And Nord is very impressive.

  10. Dear Ralph,
    it was surely an exciting experience to get face to face with your beloved polar bears and I’m really glad for you for this uniqe experience! Thank you for this lively report from the Aalborg Zoo and the fine photos!
    Best wishes from purzelbaum

  11. Es war sicher ein Erlebnis,
    den Bären so nahe zu sein.

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