Flocke’s Boys Up Close

Jan 9th, 2021 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

9.1.2021 by Ralph Morton

It is some time since I shared my Marineland Album with you. Those amazing warm days in Antibes seem even more special on a grey January day.

Although Tala, the miracle third cub and daughter, stars in many of my photos, I did get some shots of Indiana and Yuma, Flocke’s boys.

Handling a crazy egg is a Polar Bear speciality. But first you have to get it out of the water without getting too wet. Polars learn quickly that staying dry is better.



The way in which Polar Bears can pick up and handle even the smoothest object shows how carefully they can use their paws as hands.



Once the egg has been recovered, the cub learns to place it where he can examine it. In the Arctic any object may provide food to keep a Polar alive. Testing by biting and trying to open the toy is the usual procedure.


The lower enclosure at Marineland was very useful for getting closer to the boys. They seem to like each other’s company. They were also nice and white from being in the water. But one was soon rolling around to get dry.



The cubs are always sniffing and checking out their surroundings for possible treats.



I am not sure which cub this was, possibly Indy. But it was great to be so close through the bars. The eager, curious face of a young cub is blissful.




The cub was very close and you get a clear view of how rough Polar Bear fur is. I remember Thomas Doerflein saying that it is like a sheep’s wool.


The stress of getting to France was worth it in the warm sunshine. Flocke had given us three cubs, and I was standing a few feet away from them.



Even after being in the water, plenty of mud remained in the fur.


The cubs are so curious that they are constantly on the move.


It was hard to pull myself away from the cubs but it had been a long day. As I was leaving, another crazy egg was discovered.


I said goodbye to the cubs and made my way back.

Near the lower enclosure is a display with a lifesize Polar Bear figure (Ludmila posed with it in her report). The information notices at Marineland are first class.




I decided to share my shoping bag with the Polar Bear. It had been a perfect day. ­čÖé


On the way back to the hotel I came across a Polar Bear actor posing with children, and he soon found a curious visitor.


Nearby was an extensive gift shop, which seems like a good place to say goodbye until my next report.



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  1. Thank you very much dear Ralph.
    Best wishes to Flocke, Indiana, Yuma and Tala.

  2. Du hattest Gl├╝ck, das Zeitfenster im Sommer
    zu nutzen, wo reisen m├Âglich war. Flockes
    Kinder sind sehr lebhaft. Inzwischen werden
    sie noch erheblich gewachsen sein… ­čśÇ

  3. Dear Ralph,

    What luck you could visit Flocke and her trio when it was still possible. I’m sure we are all grateful for all your reports from your big polar bear tour!

    Even though Tala seems to be the one who loves to ‘perform’ to the visitors her brothers are as cute and charming. ­čÖé

    It’s amazing to see how skilfully a small polar bear cub holds the crazy egg. The pics are lovely.

    Like all baby bears Indiana and Yuma are very curious and love to explore everything they see. One can’t but love these sweeties!

    I like the big polar bear at the entry and, of course, the bear actor must be the favourite of the little visitors – and of some adults, too. I’m sure I would have had a long chat with him. ­čÖé

    Thank you so much for this charming article!

    Hugs from Mervi

  4. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for your vivid and entertaining report from Antibes.
    How wonderful that you were able to see Flocke’s triplets at this particularly adorable age.
    I always find it especially touching how skilfully and carefully polar bear cubs handle their toys. Flocke┬┤s kids seem to enjoy their childhood to the fullest.

    I assume you didn’t leave the shop without any prey….

    All the best

  5. Dear Ralph!
    There were the wonderful days in Antibes. You had a lot of fun with Flocke and her kids.

  6. Thank you for telling us about your time with the boys in the lower enclosure. I am sure they have a lot of fun with each other. It was wonderful that you could enjoy the French Riviera sunshine this summer, something to keep you warm all winter. Triplets are very special in the polar bear world.

    I have sat on the polar bear chair too. I miss being in that magical place.

    Flocke has done a good job of mothering.

    Thanks for taking us along to Biot.


  7. Lieber Ralph!

    Danke fuer die wunderbaren Bilder.

    Liebe Gruesse, Erika

  8. Dear Ralph

    Thank you for your interesting new and this super cute pictures from Antibes!
    And how many bears did you take from the ZooShop? Or only the big one ­čÖé


  9. dear Ralph,
    thank you so much for all your lovely pictures. Again I must say it was so good, that you could make this journey to France and visit Flocke and her sweet kids.
    I hope Flocke and the cubs have a good Wintertime and much joy together
    dear greetings and good wishes to you