Nuenen – October is the time for slowing down

Oct 18th, 2020 | By | Category: News from the Bear World

18.10.2020 – Photos by Hans Muskens

This time of the year the brown bears are planning their hibernation. Polar bears don’t take a Winter nap but even they slow down during the Autumn and the Winter.

Hey, are you still awake? OK, I can understand you want to admire yourself in the water mirror.


I just can’t help it – I look so beautiful in the mirror if I may say so myself ….


If this isn’t a totally relaxed polar bear I don’t know what is! 🙂 🙂 🙂


Dreaming sweet dreams of snow and ice.


Please, don’t take more photos – now we need peace and quiet.


Maxi and minis


Even a little elephant looks big sometimes!


Brownies preparing themselves for the Winter nap


Oh, I feel rather tired but my bedroom can wait for a while ….


First I must take care of my fur ….


…. and scratching is a perfect way to keep my skin and fur perfect!


The lynx has obviously watched the bears’ cleaning procedure and imitates them. Doesn’t he/she look just like our ‘stuben tigers’? 🙂


The young penguins are satisfied with their looks – and with all reason, too!


What a snack thief!!


You can keep the snacks! I’m going to enjoy a trip to the Napland – please, don’t disturb!


A real heart melter


Frimas, Henk, Nivi and Elva thank you for the company and wish you a pleasant Autumn time! Please, keep the distance and wear a mask when you come and visit us in our zoo ….. and everywhere else, too!


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  1. Dear Hans and Mervi
    Thank you for this very relaxing visit to Nuenen.
    The photo of all four Polar Bears chilling on the same enclosure is
    really lovely.

  2. Completely goregeous photos, dear Hans MUSKENS – you are a ‘Könner’.

    Dear MERVI, you made it again possible to get to these beautiful and funny views, even more pepped up by your own funny comments! Thank you so much.

    “Maxi and mini” are more than amazing! . . . Is this just a thing of the perspective or is it true that those immensely ‘different in size and weight- animals’ are that close together???

  3. Liebe Mervi und lieber Hans,
    ist schon faszinierend eine komplette Eisbärenfamilie zu sehen.
    Jetzt ist eine ruhigere Zeit und die Winterruhe steht bevor.
    Interessante Vergesellschaftung von Elefanten und Hirschen.
    Vielen Dank für die schönen Bilder aus Nuenen und Mervi fürs Texten.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  4. Lieber Hans,
    liebe Mervi,

    die weißen und braunen Bären sehen prima aus und deine Texte sind wie immer spitze, Mervi!
    Hans, die komplette Eisbärenfamilie ist total beeindruckend und alle wirken sehr entspannt.

    Die Vergesellschaftung von Elefanten mit Hirschen ist außergewöhnlich und lässt witzige
    Größenvergleiche zu. Ich betrachte gerne ruhende oder schlafende Tiere, denn auch das wirkt sich
    entspannend auf den Betrachter aus.

    Danke, für die tollen Fotos, Hans und liebe Grüße!

  5. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Hans.
    Best wishes to Henk, Frimas, Nivi, Elva and the other animals in Nuenen.

  6. Dear Hans and Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictues from Nuenen. The polar bear family looks very relaxed. The brown bears looks round enough for hibernation. The lynx is beautiful.

  7. Dear Mervi and Hans!
    Thank you so much for these relaxing impressions from the animals in Dierenrijk Nuenen.
    The gorgeous photos and affectionate subtitles go together well!
    I really loved them all but my favourites are the totally relaxed polar bear cub and the little reindeer calf.

    It is quite understandable the polar bears admire their reflections on a water surface, since it is for sure a rewarding view and I suppose they are a little vain… 😉

    The brown bears are ready for a winter break, the polar bears shift down a gear too and I would love to join them and hibernate for some months till f…… Corona is in the past!

    All the best, take care and stay healthy!

  8. Dear Hans
    Charming pictures of the white beauties.
    The mirror images are almost even more beautiful than the originals 🙂
    That the elephants are together with I say now times Axishirschen is beautiful. The offspring is also happy about it.
    The snack thief looks caught and funny.
    I wish the brown bears a good winter rest.
    And the cute moose child at the end is too cute.
    Thanks for these really nice pictures and snapshots.


  9. dear Hans,
    thank you for all these wonderful pictures
    what a joy to see these lovely animals, they all like these cosy moments, so wonderful that also Henk can enjoy the autumn time with his family,
    dear Mervi, thank you so much for sharing with us, and your text, so sweet
    good wishes and dear greetings

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