Sisu’s ode to the Winter

Feb 10th, 2020 | By | Category: Ranua 2020

10.2.2020 – Photos by Marko Junttila, Ranua Wildlife Park

Terve! Hello! This is my first newsletter in the year 2020! Although we’ve had so many sad and bad news already I hope this year will even bring us many happy news. For me the best news are that Nora’s and Ranzo’s baby is doing fine. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of my niece or nephew.


What a pity it hasn’t been snowing in Vienna. I remember how wonderful it was to come out of the den for the first time and feel the white stuff under my small paws. Hmm, my paws really are much bigger now ….

We have exceptionally much snow in northern Finland and even the temperatures have been to my liking!


I’m doing just fine and after the tooth surgery even my mama Venus is feeling fine.


What luck I live in Ranua where we can still enjoy the white season!


This is the path leading to my enclosure. Doesn’t it look beautiful?


Even though the two legged creatures think the weather is very cold they still come to visit us!


Ruska and Routa love to stroll in the snow.


We have so much snow that even the moose playing hide-and-seek! 🙂



My friend beaver told me he was disappointed because I never show photos of him. Well, this time I want to make my pal happy!


In my opinion this is a very happy face …. don’t you agree?


And here’s our Agent 007 Âœ . Did you know that his real name is Rasputin?

He asked me if I think he looks like Sean Connery. When I told him I don’t think so ….


…. he wanted to go and hide under the snow. Dear friends, please, tell him he’s a spitting image of Mr Connery or at least Daniel Craig so he will come up again!!!


I think you understand now what a wonderful Winter season we have here.


Bye-bye! I’m having a nice nap in the snow but I hope to be back soon!


Revontulet (Aurora Borealis) in Ranua


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  1. Dear Sisu, Marko and Mervi
    This is the right place for snow, and the animals really appreciate.
    My little Sisu in Kidlington will always remind me of Teddybaerenmutti and vati

    I am sure Nora and Ranzo’s little one will one day be as big as Uncle

  2. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for the winter pictures from Ranua. Sisu is a lucky bear, he has enough snow in the winter.
    I am afraid it is too soon to say “Good bye” to the winter.

  3. Dear Marko & Mervi

    Sisu is lucky, to have enough of the white stuff.
    Most of Europe is green this winter. Ranua looks
    like a real winter-wonderland! The animals seem
    to enjoy the masses of snow. I like the fantastic
    Aurora Borealis – its like a big firework in the sky.

    Chris 🙂

  4. Ohhhh, how beautiful white SNOW ….. !!!
    You’re such a happy Bear Boy, dear SISU !!!
    ARON in Tallinn has only black ground …. and MUD …….
    He greets you ……. and here is a GREAT SURPRISE to you
    and all the readers of KWM :

    Many thanks for this fantastic article, dear Mervi and Marko !!

    Greetings from Tallinn,

  5. EVI – the baby seems to be agil.
    Its early, to go out, but the cubbie
    is very big for his age, so its o.k. 🙂
    Maybe you will travel to Vienna ?!

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

  7. Dear Mervi and Marko!
    Thank you for showing us this white splendour in Ranua! This is winter how it should be…
    IÂŽm happy for Sisu and all his friends and neighbours that they are able to enjoy winter to the fullest.
    They look wonderful and content in the snow.
    Hopefully my favourite secret agent 007 1/2 will not be offended for a long time since his surroundings look so beautiful. By the way I for my part would prefer him to Sean Connery or Daniel Craig at any time… 😉

    What a gorgeous and dreamlike sight the polar lights are!

    ItÂŽs a pity for all the other polar bears in Europe that winter probably will fall out this year.


  8. Lieber Sisu,
    lieber Marco,
    liebe Mervi,

    alle BÀren beneiden dich, lieber Sisu, um diese prachtvolle Schneelandschaft, die wir dir und deinen anderen tierischen Kumpels von Herzen gönnen.

    Marco, die Fotos sind fantastisch und echte Tierfreunde lassen sich von keinen Schneemasse abhalten, um ihre Lieblinge zu besuchen. Frau Elchin, 007 Vielfraß und der Biber freuen sich auch ĂŒber das SchneevergnĂŒgen.

    Mervi, die Aurora Borealis ist vielleicht auch ein himmlicher Gruß von TeddybĂ€renmutti an uns alle.
    Den Gedanken finde ich tröstlich.
    Vielen Dank fĂŒr deinen Winter-Wonderland- Beitrag und liebe GrĂŒĂŸe!

  9. Dear Evi,

    Thank you for the news! It will be thrilling to see Nora’s and Ranzo’s baby coming out. Of course, it will only happen if mama Nora finds it suitable.

  10. TERVE! beautiful-lovely SISU! Good to meest you again after quite a while.
    And what phantastic infos and MARKO-pictures you brought us again. Thank you so much, dear!
    The white stuff in your Northern Finnish area is even more than a dream: undescribable beautiful.
    Even though we know, you and your mama VENUS and all your neighbours are right beauties, you and they look even more handsome in all this white snow.

    Even the colourful clothes of the humans strolling your direction give a wonderful impression.

    Thank you, dear SISU, MARKO and MERVI! . . Your top photos and greetings were a fine start into the day (after having walked and feeded my guest-doggie – of course!) which is still grey, without snow, quite mild compared to your area but for me with an icy wind, even though it’s no storm anymore, which it was only for a short time anyway in our area (thanks God).

  11. The pictures from Ranua are always something special for me. Sisu can enjoy snow; and lots of it 🙂

    The snowy landscape is simply picturesque . A visit to Ranua at this time of day must be very beautiful. Here in Munich we haven’t had snow yet.
    Also the other inhabitants of the park seem to enjoy the snow and the season.

    The last picture with the northern lights is a dream

    Thank you very much for the nice pictures, dear Marko.


  12. Dear Sisu (with a little help from Marko and Mervi), your enclosures are looking wonderful with the snow and I can immediately understand that you still have visitors. In your area, it is Winter wonderland with the snow and the Northern lights.
    Moose playing hide and seek is a very funny view.
    And please tell Agent 7001/2 that he is having the same noble profile of Sean Connery (my all-time favorite actor), although Daniel Craig is also very good-looking.

  13. Dear Sisu, Marko and Mervi,

    thanks a lot for a wonderful walk in a winter wonder land.

    Wonderful pictures.

    Hugs from Copenhagen

  14. Liebe Mervi, lieber Marko,

    schade, dass Ranua so weit weg ist. Diese traumhafte MĂ€rchen-Winterlandschaft wĂŒrde mir auch sehr gut gefallen. Ich hĂ€tte genauso viel Freude und Spaß wie die glĂŒcklichen Tiere auf diesen wunderschönen Fotos.

    Sisu ist einer der wenigen EisbĂ€ren, der das EisbĂ€ren-Wetter richtig genießen kann.

    Außerdem wĂŒrde ich auch gerne mal das Polarlicht live erleben.

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe

  15. dear Marko and dear Mervi,
    thank you so much for these wonderful pictures and for sharing with us
    terve dear Sisu,
    thank you for your post from a really Winter wonderland, I am so happy that you and your dear Mama are feeling good. Your are looking very good and so do all your dear friends.The beaver is very sweet. And I can imagine that your little niece or Nephew is also very sweet. I send the best wishes to Vienna
    Enjoy the snow and have joy, all the best to you, to your dear Mama and to all your frineds
    big paw waves

  16. NEWS from today:

    Now it’s done …….
    NORA came out with Her Little One ….

    Many greetings from Tallinn,

  17. Dear Evi,

    The baby is ever so cute! There’s no doubt Nora was happy to take a bath after several months in the den. She has always been so particular about her fur. 🙂 However, she kept an eye on her baby all the time and prevented it to fall down.

  18. Liebe Mervi und lieber Marko,
    herrlich so schön tief verschneit, davon können wir hier nur trÀumen.
    Die Bewohner vom Ranua Zoo sind diese strengen Winter gewohnt und perfekt angepasst.
    Sisu und Venus haben das große Los gezogen und perfekte eisbĂ€rische Bedingungen.
    Agent 007 und Rasputin, passt beides und auch es fĂŒhlt sich wohl mit dem vielen Schnee.
    Herzlichen Dank, wunderschöne Bilder und mit dem Nordlicht einmalig.
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe Moni K