Polar bear family life in Nuenen

Jan 15th, 2020 | By | Category: Dierenrijk Nuenen

15.1.2020 – Photos by Hans Muskens

The darker shade of white seems to be the latest fashion for the polar bears in Nuenen. Maybe Nivi and Elva are hoping for some snow that would make their furs white and shiny …. Let’s hope they will see some snow flakes during this very ‘odd’ Winter!

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Even papa Henk is a dedicated follower of fashion! 🙂

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Papa, where are you?

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Please, join mama and us!

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The rhino is very curious about what’s going on in the polar bears’ enclosure.

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Of course, papa Henk heard Nivi’s and Elva’s invitation ….

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…. and joined his sweet family!

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Isn’t this a wonderful sight! We don’t see this kind of scenes so often.

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Elva, do you think we can give a kiss on papa’s nose?

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I’ll have a chat with him first …..

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Happy together!

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Sometimes a polar bear papa needs some time for himself, too.

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Frimas, Nivi and Elva let him have some rest and decided to take a nap, too.

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Finally a study of a beautiful polar bear face

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You’ll find Hans Musken’s photos here

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  1. Dear Hans

    What great, fascinating, fantastic and adorable pictures of the whole family!!!!!
    I am always thrilled that things work out so well with Henk.

    Hugs
    Anita

  2. Dear Hans,
    this polar bear family is very lovely. Henk is a huge bear.
    The fur of the kids look dirty 🙂
    Hugs
    Ludmila

  3. Dear Mervi and Hans!
    Thank you for these astonishing and cool photos of a whole united polar bear family.
    IÂŽve never seen before a mother bear with her cubs AND the father of the kids in one enclosure together .
    Hopefully it will be possible in the future to see this constellation in other zoos too.
    It would solve the problem of the male bears who are currently often forced to move while their offspring has to be raised.
    I had a good laugh that the whole family of originally white coloured polar bears decided to turn into a darker species… I wonder if they are starting a new fashion trend among polar bears?

    Hugs
    Anke

  4. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Hans.
    Best wishes to Henk, Frimas, Elva and Nivi.

  5. Tolle Fotos einer glĂŒcklichen Eisbar-Familie.
    Auch Felix in Fasano, Giovannas Vater,
    war mit seiner Familie zusammen.
    Vielleicht mĂŒssen es einfach
    mehr Zoos wagen… 😀

  6. Dear Mervi, again a polar bear family that can share the same enclosure. I hope that the more and more, zoos will consider to do the same (of course based on their experience with the male bear). But we have heard about it in Fasano, I saw it in Belgium and now, it happens in Then Netherlands. The more such reunion would be possible, the less the male would be sent on the road.

  7. Dear Hank and Mervi
    It would be great to know from Hank a lot more about how Nuenen does this with Hank and Frimas.
    Perhaps Frimas and Hank are especially relaxed.

  8. Lieber Hans,
    liebe Mervi,

    dieses Familienidyll ist einzigartig schön und wirklich selten,
    bis auf die Ausnahme von Giovanna in Fasano mit ihrem Vater Felix
    und dem belgischen Zoo, von dem Patrica von einer solchen
    ZusammenfĂŒhrung weiß.

    Auch wenn es in der freien Natur undenkbar ist, scheinen EisbÀrvÀter in
    Zoos, wo es keinen Kampf um die Nahrungsmittel gibt, friedlicher zu sein.
    Bei dem außerordentlich friedlichen Yoghi hat man sich eine solche ZusammenfĂŒhrung mit seinen
    Zwillingen so sehr gewĂŒnscht, aber letztendlich doch nicht gewagt.

    UnfĂ€lle oder MissverstĂ€ndnisse zwischen den Kids und VĂ€tern sind natĂŒrlich
    nie auszuschließen, aber mehrere solcher geglĂŒckter Wagnisse wĂŒrde die Aufzucht von
    Jungtieren gemeinsam mit den VĂ€tern sehr erleichtern.
    Das Hauptproblem sind wahrscheinlich die testesterongesteuerten EisbÀrmÀnner, wenn ihre ErwÀhlte
    vor der Abgabe der Jungtiere noch keine Lust auf Sex hat und der
    Kerl seinen Frust an den Kleinen auslassen wĂŒrde – davor fĂŒrchten sich natĂŒrlich
    alle Zooverantwortlichen.

    Hans und Mervi, euch beiden ganz herzlichen Dank fĂŒr diesen außergewöhnlichen Beitrag!
    Britta-Gudrun

  9. Lieber Hans,
    schon sehr außergewöhnlich daß der EisbĂ€rpapa mit seinen Jungtieren zusammen lebt.
    Frimas lĂ€ĂŸt es zu und Henk weiss sich zu benehmen.
    Danke, schöne Bilder und sehr selten so ein Familienidyll.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe Moni K