Sisu is satisfied with his Winter tyre

Nov 6th, 2019 | By | Category: Ranua 2019

6.11.2019 – Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Terve! Hello! Winter greetings from Ranua from a very happy Sisu! We have now snow and ice and even the temperatures have been pleasantly cold. What more could a polar bear boy possibly hope?

As you can see the ice in our pool is thick enough to carry mama’s weight.


I wonder how she got her fur so dirty ….. she really needs a snow bath!!


I’ve tested the ice, too and it really is thick now. You can see the marks after my scratching … Oh yeah, the Winter is here! By the way – the black spot on┬á my leg is a ‘souvenir’ after a vet’s examination. Sometimes even I need to have my health checked.


Of course, I must make sure my Winter tyre is to my satisfaction.


It’s so nicely covered by snow.


When I’m quality controlling the tyre you can admire my white fluffy fur! ­čÖé


I love my tyre! It feels quite soft under my cheek.


After examining the ice and the tyre I feel like napping a little. Maybe the keepers will bring me a snack soon ….


Jemma and Malla – our brownies – have retired for their Winter nap but all the other animals are awake.

The birds’ big pond was almost free of ice when this photo was taken but there was snow. Of course, the birds have warm places, too, when the weather gets too cold.


Ruska and Routa are a beautiful couple – even seen separately. ­čÖé



This young deer seems to be glad about the snow, too.


Where did the white stuff come from?



Iisakki has taken a time-out from his ladies so he can pose very nicely to Marko’s camera.


Of course, I mustn’t forget my friend Agent 007 ┬Ż! He’s trying to figure out how to camouflage himself now that the snow makes him so visible. ­čÖé


There’s an adventure path for children on the way to the animals.


Along the path the kids have a possibility to try different kinds of ‘amusement things’.

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The moose is wondering where the noise comes ….


…. but soon she discovered a bird ‘knocking on wood’.


Well, that’s all for now. Next time we meet we will be in a Christmas spirit. I wish you all a very pleasant November!


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  1. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    das beste Wetter f├╝r Eisb├Ąren aber auch die ├╝brigen Bewohner im Ranua Zoo scheinen sich ├╝ber
    das kalte Wetter zu freuen.
    Vielen Dank f├╝r die neuesten Infos, sch├Ân bebildert und passend getextet.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če Moni K

  2. Dear Marko, dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the winter pictures from Ranua. Sisu is surely delighted of the cold temperatures and ice. The white swan looks beautiful. I am not sure that the swans like ice.
    The wolves look happy.

  3. Dear Mervi
    Snow is much nicer when being played with by Polar Bears.
    Sisu loves his tyre too. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Liebe Mervi,
    lieber Sisu,

    ausnahmsweise bist du mal richtig sauber und schon mokierst du dich ├╝ber
    die paar Flecken im Fell deiner Mama. Sei froh, dass du den Reifen f├╝r dich
    alleine hast, sonst h├Ątte sie ihn dir ob deiner Frechheit gleich geklaut.

    Die Bilder sind sind toll und nat├╝rlich auch die deiner Mitbewohner
    in Ranua. Der Hindernisparcour zu den Gehegen macht den kids
    bestimmt auch Spa├č.

    Vielen Dank dir Marko und Mervi f├╝r das Winterm├Ąrchen aus Ranua!

    Herzliche Gr├╝├če

  5. TERVE! dear SISU – Your start with the pic of smashing looking Mama VENUS’ promenading elegantly over the ice is a hit already in the beginning of your present letter. Happy to hear and see from you, DEAR!
    BTW: In my eyes she doesn’t look dirty at all because her Beauty outshines everything!

    Wonderful you present even your black skin to us so generously this time.
    I hope the examination didn’t hurt!

    You look again very happy with your tyre and very proud because of the visible scratches from your impressive claws on the ice surface.

    Your home and your neighbours look as pretty as you and your dear mother do.
    What a pleasure it is to get your pictured news once in a while accompanies by the gorgeous photos of your courts photographer Marco JUNTTILA with most fitting subtitles from your ghostwriter and editor MERVI.


  6. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for showing these beautiful animals in Ranua enjoying wintertime.

    I hope Sisu┬┤s health check satisfied the vet and everything is fine with him!
    He and his mother look gorgeous, one or another little spot of dirt on their fur does not impair this impression.
    I loved the photos of Sisu playing so happily with his tyre.

    Good that the birds have a warm place they can go to when there is hard frost.

    The dholes are charming and seem to be pleased too about the arrival of Jack Frost…

    I always have a big grin on my face when agent 007 1/2 is mentioned. Since he has the licence to do whatever he likes he should not be worried about his camouflage and wear his thick dark fur self-confident and with pride…

    I loved the pics of the musk ox, the moose and the great woodpecker too.

    When I saw the the playground with the slide my “boomsie” automatically was getting cold…

    Mervi, your subtitles are again the cherry on the cake. Thank you!


  7. What wonderful news about you, dear young Fur Ball!
    So glad you’ve got some snow!
    That-s every Polar Bear’s dream ….
    Aron greets you …
    He still has only wet black ground … around…

    Many thanks for those wonderful pictures and the lovely article, dear Marko and Mervi!


  8. Liebe Mervi, lieber Marko,

    nun ist er da, der Winter in Ranua. Und dass Sisu sich dar├╝ber freut, das sieht man ihm an.
    Auf dem letzten Foto sieht er aus wie ein Bettvorleger. Ordentlich Winterspeck hat er sich auch angefuttert.

    Danke f├╝r die ersten sch├Ânen winterlichen Fotos in dieser Saison von Sisu und seinen “Freunden”.

    Liebe Gr├╝├če

  9. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Marko.
    Best wishes to Sisu and all the animals in Ranua Zoo.

  10. Winter has arrived in Ranua.
    Sisu had much fun with his
    tire. Thanks to Marko and
    Mervi for the nice photos!

  11. terve dear Sisu,
    how wonderful to see you in your beloved Winer enclosure, all looks like you love can enjoy now playing on the ice and feel the cold good air. Your dear Mama looks so sweet like she has her little modern bag.I wish you and your Mama a cosy time,enjoy the Polarbear weather.
    dear Marko thank you for all your nice pictures, it is always a joy to┬┤see the lovely animals from Ranua
    dear Mervi, thank you so much for the wonderful story you have made again.I am glad Sisu is content and happy now
    dear greetings and big paw waves to Finland and Sweden

  12. Liebe Mervi
    Lieber Mako

    Sch├Ân Bilder aus dem winterlichen Ranua.
    Sisu ist ja jetzt schon ein ganz gro├čer !!!