Hannover Zoo – Milana’s Family Photos

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

6.5.2021 by Ralph Morton

Seeing Ludmilas lovely photos of Milana and Nana as they are now, I thought it would be fun to share the family photos I collected from my visit in September 2020.

The Polar Bears live in the beautifully laid out Yukon Bay at Hannover Zoo. The panorama shows some of the varied terrain in the enclosure.

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While waiting for Milana and Nana I was able to go back to the beginning of their story in this display stand.

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The computer screen begins the story in November 2019 when Hanover’s first Polar Bear cub arrived. This screen capture shows Milana tenderly licking her newborn.

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By January the cub had grown and its healthy cries could be heard.

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In February 2020 the cub took its first steps. It was soon exploring the mothering box.

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In March as the rest of us were taking refuge from Coronavirus, the cub emerged into the outside world.

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Six months later on 21 September I got my first view of Milana and her daughter, Nana, walking out on to the beach.

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I had missed the stage where Nana had been a shiny white fur bundle. She was now a miniature version of Mum.

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Milana is a distinctive looking Polar. She is smaller and rounder.

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Yukon Bay can be seen clearly in these two photos.The beach has hills for the bears to climb and slide down. But it is the little island in the middle which captures the Polars’ interest. Nana soon learnt to jump into the water as a tiny cub.

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By September she was using it to playfight with Milana. Milana encourages Nana to playfight and the island is perfect for it.

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Yukon Bay has an underground viewing bay, which allows visitors to see the fight continue underwater.

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Milana shows no mercy to Nana and the action underwater is as exciting as any James Bond film.

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The viewing gallery attracts the Polars to see their visitors. I was really impressed by the way in which the gallery allowed the bears to be seen.

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Nana underwater shows how much she had grown in ten months.

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All Polar Bears enjoy playing with their visitors.

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Milana of course is also interested in her visitors.

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Nana has inherited Mum’s boomsie.

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Big Iceberg Lettuce and not meat seems to really attract both Polars.

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I am so grateful to Ludmila and Uwe for taking me back to Yukon Bay. Already in September Nana was nearly as big as Milana. Now she is.

My view of the beach at Yukon Bay on sunny evening. I want to go back some day.

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  1. Dear Ralph

    Thank you for your report.

    I think the facility in Hanover is great.
    The viewing windows under water alone are simply cool!
    Mother and daughter look good!

    Hugs,
    Anita

  2. Dear Ralph,
    your pictures bring the memories of the little Nana. The kids grow very fast.
    Hugs
    Ludmila

  3. Dear Ralph,

    How wonderful that you got to see Nana as a cub. Yukon Bay is such a magical place to see the bears, especially if you are lucky enough that the bears show themselves in the underwater theatre, up close and dramatic.

    Milana is indeed small and round, and reminds of Anana, who we just lost in Detroit, also small and petite. I wonder is Nana will take after Milana, or her daddy Sprinter, who is much like grandpa Churchill.

    Molly

  4. Lieber Ralph,

    die Unterwasserfotos sind immer wieder fazinierend mit den großen, schweren Bären, die nun so “federleicht” dahinschweben!

    Natürlich runden deine interessanten Beobachtungen und Beschreibungen diesen Bericht wieder sehr lehrreich ab.

    Die Youkon Bay-Wasseranlage hat mir Annemarie mal als sehr laut beschrieben, weil dort das Wasser zusätzlich mechanisch permanent in Bewegung gehalten wird.

    Vielen Dank und liebe Grüße
    Britta-Gudrun

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