Shilka and Hochan are taking a time-out

Apr 11th, 2021 | By | Category: Lead articles

11.4.2021 – Photos by Ursus Maritimus Polarbearologist

From the 1st of April, Shilka and Hochan, the polar bear mama and her baby girl in the Tennoji Zoo, haven’t been visible to the visitors. The photos in this article were taken before the ‘time-out’.

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Shilka was looking very tired recently, and she started to keep Hochan away from visitors’ eyes.

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The access road to the enclosure is closed, but these two bears are spending time outdoors in the enclosure.

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Shilka is a first time mother so it’s understandable she’s tired. However, she wants to be sure her baby is safe and secure.

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The crowds of visitors can be too much for a mother with a small baby. I think it’s very wise to let Shilka and Hochan have some privacy for a while.

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I hope the ‘vacation’ will make Shilka enjoy the playing with toys and, of course, with her adorable baby girl.

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I wish both the mama and the cubbie a pleasant Spring time and I also hope the visitors (when the road is open again) will know how to behave and won’t make Shilka and Hochan feel nervous and uneasy!

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Sweet dreams to you both! When you wake up you can admire the beautiful cherry flowers.

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There are videos taken by the zoo staff.



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  1. Dear Mervi
    I remember Lynn being very firm in Copenhagen and taking Imaq inside the den when she was fed up with people.
    Tonja would do the same thing with Hertha. Though Hertha and Imaq soon became keen on showing off to their visitors.
    I wonder if Shilka is able to go in to her den or if she has to be either outside or inside. Some older Zoos have this problem.

  2. Dear Mervi!
    It is great to see Schilka again. I am very glad that Schilka is a good mother. Her kid is lovely.
    Hugs
    Ludmila

  3. Guten Abend aus München.

    Eisbär Giovanna 11.4.2021

    https://flic.kr/p/2kSpE2a

  4. Dear Mervi and Ursus Maritimus!
    Thank you for these lovely impressions!
    Shilka seems to be a tender caring mother for her adorable baby girl.
    I wish both all the best!

    Hugs
    Anke

  5. Baby Otto – München 11.4.2021

    https://flic.kr/p/2kSmLiA

  6. Hello bearjs112!

    Thank you for the links to the nice photos!

    Hugs from Mervi

  7. Liebe Mervi!

    Eine gute Idee, den beiden ein bisschen Ruhe zu gönnen. Shika ist wirklich eine tolle Mama und wird die Auszeit bestimmt genießen. Den beiden alles Gute und viel Spaß.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  8. Ein süßes Kind.
    Tolle Fotos ! 🙂

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