Being cool is a piece of cake for the polar bear family in Novosibirsk

Aug 4th, 2020 | By | Category: Novosibirsk

4.8.2020 – Photos by Arkadi Laptenko

Oh bear, it’s been – and still is – an unusually hot Summer in Novosibirsk! However, our white fluffy friends know how to cope with the heat.

Gerda, Nordi and Shauna are making plans for some not so energy consuming activities for the day.

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The first decision was to move to a more comfortable and cooler ‘conference room’.

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Kai is curious and obviously eavesdropping …. 🙂

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Nordi wants to show you his divings skils. Please, notice the elegant start position ….

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…. and here he goes! If there were judges I’m sure they would all give 10 points – or maybe even more!

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Of course, there are some arguments about the yellow toy ….

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…. but Gerda has taught her twins to share their toys.

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Ready for back stroke!

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It’s so fun to just float and let the water carry you.

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Mama, how did we do?

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Dear kids! I’m really proud of you!

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Mama, we want our rewards now!

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OK, come here, sweeties and mama will give a kiss on your noses.

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It looks like the family is lined up for a swimming competion. 🙂

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The race is on!

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Gerda is a wise mother and declared that Nordi and Shauna are both winners!

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Synchronized swimming

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Aren’t they sweet?!

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Nose to nose – with their mouths shut for a change. 🙂

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Finally a couple of really cool photos

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We were actually quite active today but in the next report you will see how we can be totally relaxed, too! We wish all the readers of Knuti’s Weekly a most pleasant August!

From Russia with love – Gerda, Kai, Nordi and Shauna




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  1. Dear Gerda

    What a charming family you three are. You should be really proud of your twins.
    I thank you for being so patient with Arkady and for allowing him to take such great pictures of you.

    All the best and many greetings Anita

  2. Freu mich immer sehr über Fotos und Berichte dieser lieben Familie!

    Liebe Grüße von Brigitte.

  3. Dear Mervi and Arkadij!
    Wow, what a refreshing post! Thank you!
    I suppose at the end of this week, when there are predicted temperatures over 30° C in Berlin I will watch these water games green with envyy.

    I´m happy for the bears that they can cool down in fresh and clean water.
    They all look fabulous, good-tempered and frisky. The photos are simply marvellous!
    I loved them in their cool ‘conference room as well while synchronized swimming or while diving and playing with their toys
    Nevertheless I hope this heat wave will end quickly!

    Stay cool and healthy too!
    Hugs
    Anke

  4. Liebe Mervi & Arkadij,

    tolle Fotos und super Story, vielen Dank!
    Liebe Grüße
    Britta-Gudrun

  5. Dear Mervi and Arkadij
    This is a wonderful article for cooling down on a hot day. The water looks so inviting.. All four Polar Bears continue to look lively and in excellent condition. Thank you.

  6. Dear Arkadij and Mervi!
    The family is very lovely. They have the cool clean water and the toys. It is great to watch the bears play.
    Hugs
    Ludmila

  7. Die Kinder sind groß geworden.
    Schöne Fotos ! 🙂

  8. May we please invide those as beatiful as agile and lovable Russian bears to com for a visit to ZOO BERLIN!!??

    Man wird ja träumen dürfen.
    Sie sind einfach eine so tolle Eibären-Familientruppe und haben das Glück, begnadete Fotografen-Fans unter ihren Besuchern zu haben.

    Das sind alles wieder sehr schöne Bilder. Vielen Dank diesmal wieder an Arkadi Laptenko und natürlich an Mervi für alle erforderliche sonstige Arbeit, um uns diese Freude zukommen zu lassen!

  9. . . . invite (puuuuh!)

  10. Also so laesst sich der heisse Sommer gut aushalten, sehr schlaue Baerchen!
    Danke fuer die wunderbaren Bildet und die entzueckenden Untertitel.

    Liebe Gruesse, Erika

  11. Liebe Mervi und lieber Arkadij,
    Shauna und Nordi sind schon so groß wie Gerda und ich freue mich dass die Mutter noch ihre großen
    Kinder duldet.
    Auch in Novosibirsk ist es heiß und da hilft nur ab in das Wasser.
    Vielen Dank, sehr schöne Bilder von meinen bärigen Lieblingen.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

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