Sisu is waiting for a snowy Winter

Oct 16th, 2019 | By | Category: Ranua 2019

16.10.2019 – Photos by Marko Junttila

Terve! Hello! It’s been quite a while since my last newsletter – simply because I haven’t got so much to tell you. Just like my big brother Ranzo I’m taking things very easy these days.

I’m waiting for the snow and the first snow did actually fall here in Ranua but it melted away very rapidly. Where did it go? Can you help me to solve this mystery?


I’m dreaming of a Winter with lots and lots of snow. While I’m dreaming I let some of my friends send their October greetings to you.

Isn’t this swan a lovely birdie!


Manu (yes, it’s this manul’s name 🙂 ) says ‘my home is my castle’.


The wolf couple Ruska and Routa seem to be deeply in love. They’re not April fools but October fools …. 🙂


Marko always takes fantastic photos of us and this fox must be very pleased with this photo!


The Siberian deer is beautiful as always.


The utters are very funny rascals and they can look very cute, too.


The falling leaves are quite nice companions during a swimming tour.


A yellow leaf can serve as a head decoration, too! 🙂


A totally relaxed Harri or Olli. I’m not sure which one this is ….


Our beavers are working hard preparing themselves for the Winter so a substantial meal now and then is really needed!


Maybe the reindeers are waiting for a call from Santa?


Even Jemma is waiting for the snow ….


… she hopes it will fall before she retires to her den for the Winter nap.

Oh bear, how long do I have to wait? No snow in sight yet!


Well, the colours of Ruska are very beautiful so Jemma enjoys them while waiting.


Agent 007½ – my wolverine friend – isn’t very succesful trying to make himself invisible ….. 🙂


I’ll be back when the snow falls ….


…. but now I’m just relaxing in our colourful enclosure! Have a wonderful October, dear readers!


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  1. Dear Marko!
    Thank you for these wonderful and atmospheric photos.
    I´m quite enthusiastic about them. Some of them could have been taken out of a fairy-tale book.

    All of these animals look beautiful, healthy, happy and content and seem to be in paradise.
    Beside the photos of Sisu I loved especially the beautiful swan, the gorgeous manul, the extra cute otter and sweet longing Jemma.

    Autumn is obviously a splendid and colourful season in Northern Finland – provided the sun is shining.

    I had a good laugh about agent 007 1/2… and hope for Sisu, Jemma and all the others who are longing for snow that they do not have to wait for much longer.
    For my part I´m very patient in this regard…

    Mervi, Thank you so much for editing and the wonderful fitting loving subtitles!


  2. Hallo SISU!

    Tiere zu beobachten bis es schneit, ist ein guter Zeitvertreib und macht auch uns Spaß.
    Die Zoobewohner in dieser wunderschönen Herbstlandschaft haben es gut.
    Viel Sonne, bunte Bäume und Sträucher, viele Beeren, was will man mehr?
    Vielleicht könnte die Schlafkiste für Wolferine etwas größer sein?
    Jemma verabschiedet sich sowieso bald in den Winterschlaf und die anderen
    Tiere haben für die kommende Kälte ein dickes Fell oder verschwinden
    einfach unter Wasser.

    Vielen Dank Mervi und Marko für die tollen Bilder und Erzählungen!
    Herzliche Grüße

  3. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    ich kann das gut nachvollziehen und warte und hoffe auch auf viel Schnee.
    Vielen Dank für die schönen Bewohner vom Ranua Zoo und von Mervi wieder witzig umgesetzt.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  4. Sehr schöne Bilder der verschiedenen Tiere.
    Danke an Marko und Mervi ! 🙂

  5. Dear Mervi and Marko
    Sisu and the other inhabitants look to be enjoying the Autumn and looking forward to Winter.
    I am sure Sisu will be cheering for the Finland team

  6. terve my dear Sisu,
    it is so nice to see you, you are looking great and all your dear friends are also in a good mood. I can understand that you and Jemma are waiting for the snow, but please be a little patient the first snow will come soon. to your area.
    I wish you, your dear Mama and all the other lovely animals in Ranua a good autumn
    dear Marko and dear Mervi
    thank you so much for all the wonderful pictures
    big paw waves and dear greetings

  7. Wow, dear Sisu!
    What a beautiful enclosure you have!!!
    Soo colorful and lovely!!
    You look very relaxed and all your friends seem to be happy …..
    The snow will come soon ….
    Your friend Aron greets you, too!

    Thank you very much for these wonderful pictures & the beautiful text, dear Marko & Mervi!

    Greetings from Tallinn,

  8. Ganz wunderschöne Fotos toller Tiere!

    TERVE! dear SISU – wonderful to meet you again with all your most beautiful neighbours.

    Thank you so much for writing and showing, dear!

  9. btw: The Siberian deer looks very much alike the ‘Chinesisches Wasserreh’ in the ZOO BERLIN which unfortunely shows only seldom. It’s very shy!.