Kuusamo Predator Center – Juuso is preparing himself for the hibernation season

Oct 25th, 2020 | By | Category: Featured articles

25.10.2020 – Source: Sulo Karjalainen, Video by Pasi Jäntti

The major part of the brown bears in the Kuusamo Predator Center are preparing themselves for the hibernation season. Many of them are already dreaming sweet dreams in their ‘bedrooms.

As usual Juuso wants his Daddy Sulo to sing a lullaby for him before the master painter retires for a Winter nap.


The bears that are still awake are slowing down and eat very little now. They have already made sure they have enough for the long sleep.


Sulo has checked all the dens to make sure there are enough stroh and hay in the bears’ bedrooms.

Juuso doesn’t eat meat but some fruit and vegetables are still welcome. It’s amazing to see the bond between Sulo and Juuso. This is true love!


Soon it’s time for Juuso to fall asleep – or does Sulo have to enter the den until he’s asleep …. 🙂 The big bear sometimes behaves like a baby. 🙂


Juuso is a world famous painter and, of course, he has been painting during the Summer. This bear really loves to see a white surface and make it colourful.

This painting is called ‘Shades of friendship’ and it will be auctioned for the benefit of children and teenagers having mental problems.


Knuti’s Weekly wishes all the bears in Kuusamo sweet dreams and a happy Winter time to Sulo and Pasi.

You can watch a video here (it will take a while until it starts)

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  1. Liebe Mervi,

    dieser enge und vertraute Umgang mit einem Braunbären und seinem Pfleger ist wirklich ganz außergewöhnlich und immer wieder berührend. Juuso ist ein begnadeter Künstler und es ist toll, dass mit seinen Bildern Hilfsprogramme unterstützt werden können.

    Danke auch an Pasi Jäntti für die Fotos und Videos.
    Schlaf gut Juuso und komme gesund im Frühjahr wieder aus deiner Höhle!

  2. Thank you very much dear Mervi, Sulo and Pasi.
    Best wishes to Juuso.

  3. Dear Mervi!
    This unusual friendship between Sulo and his friend Juuso is sooo heart-warming. Thank you for the update!
    I wish Juuso a nice and relaxing hibernation and sweet dreams!
    I suppose Sulo would even sing a lullaby because of love…
    Thanx to Pasi Jäntti for these nice photographs and the video!
    I would love to own a painting of this talented bear! I hope they earn a lot of money for it for the benefit of the children!


  4. Es ist immer wieder faszinierend,
    wie vertrauensvoll die Beziehung
    zwischen Sulo und Juuso ist. 🙂

  5. Liebe Mervi,
    einfach nur wunderschön diese Vertrautheit des Bären mit seinem Pfleger.
    Ich drücke die Daumen das der bärige Künstler viel Geld für sein wohltätiges Werk bekommt.
    Bären und Pfleger eine gute Winterruhe und daß alle im Frühjahr wieder gesund zu sehen sind.
    Vielen Dank für diesen schönen Bericht.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  6. Dear Mervi
    This lovely sequence comes on the weekend we all have to put the clocks back and get used to five months of getting dark in the afternoon. I am sure we all envy Juuso and other bears who can snuggle down and sleep through the Winter.

  7. Dear Mervi!
    This friendship between Juuso and his Daddy Sulo is heartwarming.

  8. Liebe Mervi

    Das nenne ich eine ungewöhnliche,
    aber sehr vertraute und wundervolle Beziehung zwischen Juuso und ihrem Pleger!

    Diese fasziniert und begeistert mich.

    Ich danke Dir vielmals für diese schöne Geschichte und die herzerwärmenden Bilder!


  9. dear Mervi,
    Sulo is a wonderful keeper and the best friend of Juuso, so good prepared with delicious food the big Juuso can enjoy the hibernation and have sweet dreams of the comming springtime. All the best to you dear Juuso and to your dear keeper
    dear Mervi, thank you for this nice article and for sharing with us, It is a joy to see this agreement
    dear greetings

  10. Dear Mervi, you know that Juuso and his “father” are my favorites, right from the first time I learned about their special bond. Now, I have the impression that the bear is becoming bigger and the man older but there is still that trust and love and I hope that it will continue like this for many years.