Snow Lily under water

May 2nd, 2021 | By | Category: Lead articles

2.5.2021 by Michelle Rippey

Lily not ready to go in yet, but I knew it was going to be soon.

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The photos are from 14 amazing minutes of Snow Lily in her pool on Tue (April 27th). It was a warm & crowded day at the zoo. Of course, Lily was my first stop. I could tell she needed to cool off in the pool, so I patiently remained nearby for 10 minutes & on the 11th minute she went in.

I snapped a couple pics from above, then headed down the stairs to the viewing window. People were already down there, but I found a corner of the viewing window to observe and photograph. She was simply amazing underwater.

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Seeing a fish

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Getting the fish

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Tasting the fish

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Off again

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Torpedo Lily

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Polar paw stand ­čÖé

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Floating away

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Underwater grace

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WOW! Would you believe Snow Lily is already 36 years old?!

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Checking above

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The fish is still there

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Final under water dive

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Final check at the audience

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Snow Lily is doing well. She was weighed this week and is a healthy spring weight. She looks incredible. I feel very fortunate to live close enough to frequently visit.

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Dear Michelle! Thank you so much for these fantastic photos! I’m full of admiration for this forever young polar bear lady. She deserves a standing ovation!




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  1. Dera Michelle

    Lily is cool.
    You can’t tell that she is 36 years old.
    She keeps herself young for example with water ballet.

    Thank you for these enchanting pictures. Good that you were there.

    Hugs,
    Anita

  2. Dear Michelle and Mervi
    Snow Lily looks so at home in the water. She
    is a beautiful bear like Kati and Antonia in Europe.
    Please keep visiting her as often as possible
    so we can see more of Snow Lily here.

  3. Dear Michelle,

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos of the forever young Snow Lily. She is amazing and your photos tell the story. It’s great that you can visit her often, and that the Milwaukee Zoo has that beautiful underwater viewing area so everyone can enjoy Snow Lily at play. It is hard to believe that she is 36 years old, an honor that she shares with Katjuscha in being the oldest two bears on the planet.

    Molly.

  4. Lieber Michael!

    Das ist unglaublich! Lillys Unterwasserballett ist phantastisch, danke f├╝r die wundersch├Ânen Fotos. Was f├╝r ein Gl├╝ck du hast, diese wundersch├Âne Lady immer besuchen zu k├Ânnen.

    Ganz liebe Gr├╝├če, Erika

  5. Dear Michelle!
    Thank you for these gorgeous underwater photos of Lily. The pictures and text clearly show how much you care for this beautiful old bear. It is always very special to see the elegance of diving polar bears underwater. For Lily, her pool seems to be a fountain of youth and I wish her many more beautiful dives!
    Thank you so much for showing us!

    Hugs
    Anke

  6. Tolle Unterwasser-Fotos !
    Snow Lilly ist immer noch
    in sehr guter Form. ­čśÇ

  7. Dear Michelle,

    the underwater photos are sensational and show an elegant bear who does not look her age.
    The fact that she did not eat the fish shows that she gets enough food outside the water.

    Thank you for these fantastic photos!

  8. Dear Michelle!
    Thank you for the wonderful under water pictures. It is great to see that Snow Lily is doing well.
    Hugs
    Ludmila

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