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!! 🙂


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 …. 🙂


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 “Dankeschön vielmals, liebe Mervi und fĂĽr diese KWM-Veröffentlichung 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 Bärchen 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 erörtert, was nun die tatsächliche Todesursache von Yukas kleinem Bruders war – auĂźer aufgrund “einer Verkettung unglĂĽcklicher Umstände”, das ist ein dehnbarer Begriff, der wahrscheinlich eine gewisse Fahrlässigkeit beinhaltet, die man nicht zugeben will….

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

    Herzliche GrĂĽĂźe

  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 ĂĽbrigens ein Weibchen war, gefunden:
    Auch ich bin nach wie vor traurig über ihren tragischen und, wie ich finde, unnötigen Tod.

    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe

  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 für den Artikel, der den Zoo wenigstens von dem Verdacht der Fahrlässigkeit entlastet, denn diese Vorerkrankung bzw. Schwäche der kleinen Yura konnten sie nicht ahnen und etwas rauhe Spiele in der Gruppenhaltung sind üblich und zwangsläufig eher mit gefährlichenSituationen verbunden, als in der reinen Mutter-Kind Haltung.

    Herzliche GrĂĽĂźe

    PS. ach ja, Freedom und Frimas klingen ein bisschen ähnlich, 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
    fĂĽr die Artikel zum Tode von Yura

  9. Liebe Nel und liebe Mervi,
    ganz schön gewachsen der kleine Yuka!
    Vielen Dank für die schönen Bilder von Freedom und ihrem Sohn Yuka.
    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe 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