Antibes Augusti 2020 – Breaking up after Elevenses

Apr 6th, 2021 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

6.4.2021 by Ralph Morton

Feeding three cubs at eleven on the Wednesday took a while. But by 1130 one cub had decided to bask in the sunshine.

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The first cub to finish feeding decided to stay close to Flocke and have a nap. The second cub decided it was time to move.

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I think it was the two boys who moved first. One was soon asleep. The other decided to head for the shade.

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Seeing his brother moved off into the shade, the other looked to see what he was doing.

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While her brother thought about moving, Tala carried on feeding. Clever girl knew she had some catching up to do.

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Tala had now finished too. Her brother was still making up his mind.

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Tala was also thinking about moving. Her brother had made up his mind.

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Tala was on her own and decided what to do next.

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Her brother was still close by and Tala had not made her mind up.

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Tala got up at last and moved off to join her brothers.

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As Tala left Flocke showed where her three had been feeding.

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Flocke seems on her own here and wondering what to do next.

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But Flocke’s cubs were in fact behind her.

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By moving slightly I was able to show the cubs resting behind Flocke.

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While Flocke scratched her nose, at least one cub still seemed to be awake.

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Flocke seemed to be standing watch over her cubs as they rested.

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To get a better view of the cubs I went back to the higher enclosure and was able to look down on the place set aside for them to be in the shade. Tala is the muddy one resting between her brothers.

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Polar Bears seem to keep very regular times in Zoos. By midday the cubs were waking up.

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Seeing a group of three Polar Bear cubs is so rare. I was desperately trying to get as many pictures of them as I could.

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The cubs were on their own. Flocke was resting still in the shade.

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The cubs huddled together much as they would have done in the Arctic.

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Flocke was beginning to move so the cubs were getting ready. Tala still the muddiest of the three.

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One of the brothers, possibly Indiana, was getting ready to lead them off.

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Indiana was the first to move.

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Indiana strided off.

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I was expecting the others to follow Indiana. But they seemed to have other ideas.

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Tala and Yuma were happy to stay in the shade. But with lunchtime beckoning things were about to change in the lower enclosure.

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  1. Lieber Ralph,
    Vielen Dank für Deine schönen Bilder von unseren Lieblingen im Marineland.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  2. Dear Ralph,
    thank you for the pictures from the wonderful summer time in Antibes. I hope Flocke and her kids are doing well.
    Hugs
    Ludmila

  3. Lieber Ralph,

    deine Beobachtungen nach dem Besuch der Troika an Mamas Milchbar sind wieder sehr aufschlussreich.
    Mittlerweile wird der Platz dort für die drei ziemlich eng werden, denn sie sind nun doch wesentlich größer geworden.

    Ich bin gespannt, wie lange sie dort bleiben dürfen, nachdem das Gehege von Raspi ja frei ist.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Britta-Gudrun

  4. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with Flocke and her three little ones with us!
    Your fund of pictures and information from this visit last summer seems inexhaustible…
    Flocke appears to be a bit exhausted after suckling her triplets, while the children, refreshed, plunge into new adventures until sleep overtakes them.

    Hugs
    Anke

  5. Hallo Ralph

    Flocke hat ganz schön zu tun mit ihrer
    Rasselbande – die Kinder sehen gut
    genährt aus und wachsen schnell.

    Greetings
    Chris 🙂

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