Is it Christmas already?

Aug 17th, 2019 | By | Category: Novosibirsk

17.8.2019 – Photos by Arkadij Laptenko

Mama, come and look! Has Father Frost been here? There’s a Christmas tree and even a gift under the tree!


No, dear children. It’s not Christmas yet but our dear keepers thought we would like to have an August tree!


That was really nice of them. I just have to take a bite …..


However, the tree wasn’t polar bear proof – it fell when we just touched it gently!


Oh bear, can anybody tell us how to make the tree stand again?


Ooops! The snow is quite slippery but luckily it’s so soft that I didn’t injure my boomsie!


This is so COOL!


Time to show the big ball who’s the boss! We’ve read Sisu’s book! 🙂


This isn’t as easy as it looks – but, naturally, I’m a master of balance.


Dear Shauna, isn’t it great to have snow already! We can enjoy two seasons at the same time!


Well, we managed to take the big ball out of the ‘cave’ …. what shall we do now?


Let’s surprise our visitors with a snow ballet!


Thank you for the dance!


Come on! Time for some activities in the water now!


I know what you’re thinking – ‘What grace! What elegance’. Thank you so much!


We have a little island in our pool.


That white thing looks interesting. Hmmm, should I dive and enter the island …


Oh no, now the thingie fell in the water!


Let’s dive after it!


Ooops!!! I landed on my brother. Don’t you worry – he wasn’t injured.


Finally a couple of portraits of the adorable family:



Because it’s not Christmas yet we wish you all a Merry August! 🙂 See you soon again!

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  1. Seams that SISU has loaned you obviously his ghost writer MERVI. Great cooperation between you, SISU and MERVI so!

    I am much impressed about your imaginative treating of the ‘August tree’ and the big ball and the entertaining story around the three of you. . . And I am also very impressed about the gorgeous pics from your second court photographer ARKADIJ LAPTENKO (best greatings at this point to dear ANNA!). You’ve got ‘useful’ friends! 🙂

    I felt very relieved to read that your brother was not injured and it was so good to see also the both of you together with your beautiful mother GERDA.

    Best greetings to you and to the NOVOSIBIRSK ZOO.
    Looking forward to your next ‘entertaining cooperation story’ in what ever ‘formation’ . . . 🙂

  2. Dear Mervi and Arcadij!
    Wow, the current pics from the polar bears in the Zoo Noosibirsk are really fairytale-like and the subtitles fit perfectly.
    Thank you for bringing these delightful impressions to us.

    What a wonderful action of the keepers to give an “August tree” ,a snow heap and a big ball to the bears.
    Obviously all three had bundles of fun with it. That is what I call behavioural enrichment, badly needed considering the small enclosure made of concrete.

    It is not that simple to chose a favorite photo since all of them are quite fabulous. I loved to see the little ones play, standing upright and seemingly fly into their ditch.
    An island in the ditch is a gain for sure!

    The last photo is a marvellous family portrait!


  3. Dear Mervi and Arkadij!
    Thank you for the wonderful pictures from Novosibirsk.
    Gerdas kids are lovely and playful. It is great that the bears get often the snow and the new toys.

  4. Dear Mervi and Arkadij

    Gerda and her family have snow all the year round. It is magic and a lot of hard work by the lovely Novosibirsk keepers. I am writing this in the middle of Copenhagen. Hans Christian Anderson would have loved Nordi and Shauna as new subjects for a magical tale

  5. Dear Mervi
    Der Arkadij

    Thank you for this funny report and his adorable pictures!
    Every bear looks alright and and snow is Simply The Best….