Masters of Balance

Oct 20th, 2020 | By | Category: Novosibirsk

20.10.2020 – Photos by Arkadij Laptenko

As usual Gerda starts a new day making sure that her kids Nordi and Shauna are presentable and ready to meet their fans.


Did you wash behind the ears, too?


A refreshing bath is a ‘must’ in the morning.


The whole family is white and fluffy. Don’t their furs look fantastic?


Oh bear, there’s so much to choose! It’s difficult to make a decision – especially early in the morning.


Maybe this white ball ….


….. hmm, what size is the most suitable for the water games?


This big ball looks good and it’s big enough for my paws!


Big balls are OK but let me show you how I can land on a smaller ball as well.

Jumping ….


…. and landing! Yippee! I’m the Master of balance!


Let’s see how I manage the yellow ball ….


… and, of course, I made a perfect landing on it! Don’t you think it’s time for a standing ovation? Sbasibo!


Now a lesson of how to dive with a barrel in your mouth.


A different kind of landing but very elegant!


Papa Kai is taking things easy but he’s very proud of his skilfully diving and jumping kids.


Kai is, naturally, even proud of Gerda who has raised Shauna and Nordi alone and done it very well, too!


After all diving and jumping it’s time for some cosy moments with mama.


We’re dreaming of a white November and December and January and February and March and maybe even April …. The weather forecast predicts snow in the end of October.


Thank you for watching! We’ll be back soon with new adventures! Please, take care and don’t forget to keep the distance and wear a mask!


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  1. Dear Mervi and Arkadij
    Kai and Gerda are beautiful Polar Bears so its easy to see why Nordi and Shauna are so cute.
    Thank you for this lovely story and photos.
    The family look contented and well. The toys help.

  2. Dear Arkadij!
    You took the wonderful pictures of the flying bears.
    It is great that the polar bears in the zoo Novosibirsk got the new balls.
    Kai looks very impressive.

  3. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Arkadij.
    Best wishes to Kai, Gerda, Nordi and Shauna.

  4. Tolle Fotos ! 🙂

    Das ist mein Lieblingsbild:

  5. Dear Mervi and Arkadij!
    These are again fabulous photos from this extraordinary and talented polar bear family in Novosibirsk with perfectly fitting captions. Thank you!
    Arkadij, I wonder how you managed to catch the right moment to release the shutter so often… and am quite impressed of these skilful bears. You must have had a great time at their enclosure. Many artists could go green with envy by this sight…
    All bears look fantastic and obviously know how to have fun. In addition to it they seem to be quite harmonic with each other.
    I wish them a gorgeous wintertime and lots of snow.

    Take care and stay healthy!

  6. Liebe Mervi,

    das ist eine fantastische Ballakrobatik und wieder alles sehr witzig beschrieben!

  7. Ich freu mich wieder über alle schönen Fotos von meiner Lieblingseisbärenfamilie!

    LG Brigitte

  8. Dear Mervi and Arkadij!

    The pictures are simply fantastic and super cool!!!
    Thanks for these unique and totally great pictures.
    The bears are having loads of fun, and what more could a polar bear lover ask for.


  9. Liebe Mervi und lieber Arkadij,
    Ballkünstler der besonderen Art, Nordi macht einfach nur Spaß und großes Kino für uns.
    Bin begeistert von den Aufnahmen, toll fotografiert!
    Vielen Dank, meine Lieblingsfamilie aus Novosibirsk wieder perfekt mit Bild und Text in Szene gesetzt.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K