Greetings from Wolodja

Feb 8th, 2020 | By | Category: Zoos in Netherlands

8.2.2020 – Photos by Nel Hoekstra

Hello! This is your Wolodja in the Diergaarde Blijdorp in Rotterdam. As you know I’ve become a father for the second time. I’m, of course, proud as a peacock!

I also want to write HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, DEAR NEL! You always take such nice photos of me!


Freedom and the babies live in the Ouwerhands Dierenpark and I’m glad to inform you that they’re doing fine.


The old lady Olinka is living in the same zoo but often I prefer to be alone. The ladies can be very annoying if you know what I mean ….. ­čÖé


My serving personnel (read: the keepers) has brought me a nice tree stump.


This thing is a challenge even for a big polar bear like me!!


Well, if you can’t beat them – join them. The stump is perfect for scratching my cheek!


Playing in the water is one of my favourite hobbies.


This chain of balls is a very suitable toy for water games.


It works fine even under the water.


I think there are visitors wanting to see more of me ….


…. and their wishes are my command. I’m a very generous gentlebear – ask anybear!!


Bye-bye for now! Sch├╝ss!


Dear Nel! Thank you so much for these wonderful photos of our ‘Wolly’!

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  1. M I S S Y O U ! nearly as much as LARS!

    A very special THANK YOU to the photographer NEL HOEKSTRA* for the great pics of ‘our’ gorgeous WOLODJA (my favorite: the very first pic in this report/letter) and an as even so big THANK YOU to MERVI for her accompanying words and the editorial work.

    – – –
    Just before closing this site I noticed the remark that the day of reporting obviously was your birthday.
    All the best to you and further happy hours with being with the beautiful and lovable polar bears!

  2. Liebe Mervi,
    liebe Nel,

    sch├Ân zu sehen, dass es unserem stolzen Zwillingsvater Wolodja so gut geht!
    Herzlichen Dank auch an unsere Reporterin in den Niederlanden f├╝r ihren Bericht
    mit vielen Gl├╝ckw├╝nschen zum Geburststag!

    Liebe Gr├╝├če

  3. Liebe Mervi und Nel,

    ich freue mich riesig, endlich mal wieder so sch├Âne Bilder von unserem Wolodja zu sehen.
    Der Teddy sieht richtig super aus, und k├Ânnte gut als Braunb├Ąr durchgehen.

    Es tut einfach gut, Wolodja so sch├Ân spielend zu sehen. Er macht einen zufriedenen Eindruck.

    Das zweite Bild von unten, mit dem Ball an der Scheibe, mag ich besonders gerne.

    Der Baumstamm ist auch eine sch├Âne Besch├Ąftigung. Bei uns im Tierpark hat er, wie auch Tonja, gerne die Borke vom Stamm abgeknabbert. Klein Hertha macht das inzwischen auch.

    Gerne immer wieder mehr vom Teddy.

    Nat├╝rlich freue ich mich auch, dass es Freedom und den Twins gut geht.

    Liebe Gr├╝├če

  4. Ich freue mich, Wolodja munter
    und gesund zu sehen. ­čÖé Danke
    an Nel f├╝r die ├ťbermittelung der
    Fotos und Mervi f├╝rs Editieren !

  5. Dear Mervi and Nel
    Happy Birthday Nel
    What a wonderful album about Wolodja.
    Freedom and her cubs seem to be doing well too.

  6. Dear Mervi and Nel!
    Thank you for these gratifying photos of Wolodja and his family.
    I┬┤m happy that he and Freedom with her little ones are doing so well in the Diergaarde Blijdorp and I┬┤m keeping my fingers crossed for the cubs.
    Wolodja is a smart and handsome male and seems to be quite content. The enclosure looks great and offers everything he needs. I loved to see him play, especially under water.
    He has been quite lucky to get to this zoo.

    Dear Nel!
    Happy Birthday and best wishes for the coming year!


  7. Dear Nel, dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Wolodja. I am very glad that he is doing very well.

  8. Liebe Nell!

    Alles Gute und danke fuer die wunderbaren Bilder.

    Liebe Mervi!
    Gut sieht er aus, schoen mal wieder vom ihm zu hoeren. Die Tatzen sind beeindruckend.

    Alles Liebe, Erika

  9. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Nel.
    Best wishes to Wolodja, Olinka, Freedom and the babies.

  10. Wolodya looks good. I’m really pleased!

    Thanks for the current pictures, dear Nell ­čÖé

    Anita !

  11. Dear Nel, a little late but nevertheless, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!
    Thank you so much for posting these pics of Wolodja. It is always a pleasure when people are sharing their news about the polar bears that are very dear to us. And Wolodja is definitely belonging to this group. And even though he is doing fine there in Blijdorp, for my German friends (and also for myself, if I may say so), I hope that sooner or later, he may return to Berlin and to Tonya. Nevertheless, I must say that he is looking very happy now.

  12. Liebe Nel,
    Happy Birthday!
    Wolodja hat Gl├╝ck mit dem Zoo Rotterdam, ein sch├Ânes Gehege und Olinka ist auch ganz nett.
    Vielen Dank, sch├Âne Bilder von dem Teddy
    Liebe Gr├╝├če Moni K

  13. dear Mervi ,dear Nel
    thank you so much for these wonderful pictures of Wolodja, I am very glad to see Wolodja in such a good mood
    Wolodja you are looking very good,I send many good wishes to you and to all the other lovely bears in Rotterdam
    dear greetings