Ouwehands Dierenpark – Freedom and Yuka in August 2020

Sep 9th, 2020 | By | Category: Featured articles

9.9.2020 – Photos by Nel Hoekstra

Hello! May I present the sweet myself – I’m Yuka – the son of mama Freedom and papa Wolodja and I live in the Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen.

My great fan Nel visited us on the 31st of August and took some very nice photos of mama and me.


Mama and I noticed there are already some visitors admiring us.


Checking if the wall is solid enough. Although I’m still a cub I’m strong as a polar bear!! ­čÖé


They say that blue is the favourite colour of polar bears and I must say even I like blue very much.


This is mine …. and I strongly recommend that nobody tries to take it away from me!


Being a celebrity is quite demanding but I have nothing against posing nicely to the visitors and their cameras.


This is a perfect place to take a little rest.


Playing hide-and-seek


Maybe I should announce a cuteness warning …..



Freedom and Yuka are enjoying a lazy moment. Otherwise the son keeps his mama busy …. ­čÖé


Look mama, there are so many visitors and they all seem to love us!


Dear Yuka, you’re right – the visitors and the readers of this magazine love you and your mama!

Dear Nel, thank you so much for the fantastic photos!

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  1. This time I start in joining Mervi to thank ‘NEL’ for the fantastic photos
    In the same time I say “Dankesch├Ân vielmals, liebe Mervi und f├╝r diese KWM-Ver├Âffentlichung mit den dem Haupt-Protagonisten wieder so munter in den Mund gelegten W’orten!”

    I have to admit FREEDOM and the ‘Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen’ are known to me by name and pics already for a long time, and I remember that Freedom gave birth to a lot of cute children; however, they and this zoo belong to those I cannot keep in mind for an unknown to me reason. I never remember details or names of their lives and I am sorry for this.

    YUKA is a charming boy and he respecteively some of Nel’s photos inclusive of Mervi’s subtitles made me laugh. When having looked over everything twice, I can state I love each and any of the the pics and YUKA’s/MERVI’s subtitles.

  2. Liebe Mervi,

    YUKA ist ein munteres B├Ąrchen und deine Texte passen mal wieder prima.
    Dumba, ja, Frimas hat schon mehrere Jngtiere gehabt und es geht mir wie dir mit ihren vergessenen Namen und wo sie hingekommen sind.
    Leider wurde nie mehr irgendwo er├Ârtert, was nun die tats├Ąchliche Todesursache von Yukas kleinem Bruders war – au├čer aufgrund “einer Verkettung ungl├╝cklicher Umst├Ąnde”, das ist ein dehnbarer Begriff, der wahrscheinlich eine gewisse Fahrl├Ąssigkeit beinhaltet, die man nicht zugeben will….

    Frimas, pass gut auf deinen kleinen Charmeur auf und bleibt beide gesund!

    Herzliche Gr├╝├če

  3. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Nel.
    Best wishes to Freedom and Yuka.

  4. Dear Mervi and Nel!
    It┬┤s always a pleasure to watch little polar bears play.
    Yuka is a charming bear boy with adorable little ears and Freedom a tender caring mother for him.
    Thank you for the update and the fabulous photos!

    Liebe Britta-Gudrun!
    Das habe ich zum Tod von Yura, die ├╝brigens ein Weibchen war, gefunden:
    Auch ich bin nach wie vor traurig ├╝ber ihren tragischen und, wie ich finde, unn├Âtigen Tod.

    Liebe Gr├╝├če

  5. Dear Mervi and Nel
    Thank you for introducing us to Yuka. He is a handsome young Polar Bear. Of course his parents are beautiful too

  6. Dear Nel and Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures of Yuka and Freedom.
    Unfortunately I cannot forget a tragedy with Yura.

  7. Liebe Anke,

    vielen Dank f├╝r den Artikel, der den Zoo wenigstens von dem Verdacht der Fahrl├Ąssigkeit entlastet, denn diese Vorerkrankung bzw. Schw├Ąche der kleinen Yura konnten sie nicht ahnen und etwas rauhe Spiele in der Gruppenhaltung sind ├╝blich und zwangsl├Ąufig eher mit gef├ĄhrlichenSituationen verbunden, als in der reinen Mutter-Kind Haltung.

    Herzliche Gr├╝├če

    PS. ach ja, Freedom und Frimas klingen ein bisschen ├Ąhnlich, deshalb meine Verwechslung

  8. Dear Nel
    Dear Mervi

    Many thanks for the cute pictures of mum and child. The picutres are adorable and the words are fits perfect.
    What I always find interesting is that each bear is cute and each looks different. Just like humans. Yuka and Hertha are a good example..


    Dankeliebe Anke
    f├╝r die Artikel zum Tode von Yura

  9. Liebe Nel und liebe Mervi,
    ganz sch├Ân gewachsen der kleine Yuka!
    Vielen Dank f├╝r die sch├Ânen Bilder von Freedom und ihrem Sohn Yuka.
    Liebe Gr├╝├če Moni K

  10. dear Nel, thank you so much for all your very nice pictures
    dear Mervi, as always your story is so touching, if Nuka could speak he would do it in this way, I am sure, nobody else could think of this words,┬┤ only when looking in the face of a sweet Polarbear cub, grazie
    Nuka I am happy to see you and your dear Mama, I love you both, have a wonderful Fall time together
    dear greetings and big paw waves

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