It’s hot, hot, hot!

Jul 4th, 2021 | By | Category: Novosibirsk

4.7.2021 – Photos by Arkadi Laptenko

Good morning, Novosibirsk! Are you ready for a new day?


Gerda thinks it’s too hot for a walk but Kai is challenging the weather.


A nice walk ‘by the sea side’ is a good start of a day!


Kai and Gerda have a nice arctic corner with snow where they can cool off but, naturally, even the pool is a very popular hangout on a hot day.


The keepers have left many toys in the water.


Kai seems to be particularly interested in the grey ball …. or is he trying to hypnotize it? 🙂 🙂 🙂


…. or on the second thought – the pink ball looks quite nice, too!


Gerda, come and help me to choose!


In the water you can relax and let your mind get wings!


I think I get my best ideas swimming back stroke!



Gerda, look what I found! Our nice keepers have surprised us with a nice cone.


OK, you’re not interested but I’m going to have fun with this cone.


I’m an excellent thrower!


Look how it flies like a red bird although it hasn’t got wings ….


This is a variation of the throwing theme.


I must say this cone is a jolly good fellow! 🙂


After the activities with the cone Kai needed a break in the Arctic Corner.


Oh bear, am I exhausted!


Dear Kai! What did I say? It’s too hot for exhausting games!!


OK but let me have a nap now!


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  1. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Arkadi.
    Best wishes to Kai and Gerda.

  2. Auch in Sibirien kommt mal der heiße Sommer.
    Und dann ist das kühle Nass sehr willkommen.
    Schöne Bilder von Kai und Gerda ! 🙂

  3. Allerliebst it das alles wieder von den beiden Guten!
    Was dem einen sein Kuscheltier ist beim Schlafen,ist dem anderen,dem lieben Kai,sein Plastehütchen. 😉

    Liebe Grüße von Brigitte.

  4. Dear Arkadi and Mervi
    Thank you for showing how Gerda and Kai get so
    much love and attention from the team at Novosibirsk
    Zoo. The ice mound and pool toys seem to be a real sucess.

  5. Dear Mervi and dear Arkadij!
    Thank you for the update and the great photos from Novosibirsk Zoo, where one would actually not have expected a heat wave like in our latitudes. Climate change is taking on ever more threatening proportions!
    It’s good that the bears can cool off in the pool and their “Arctic Corner” and are kept happy with a variety of toys.

    I think I prefer Gerda’s strategy to beat the heat.
    Kai seems to be reasonably flat after his sporty game interlude…. I thought it was very cute that he didn’t let go of the cone even during his nap on the snow bed.
    Both look great, in stark contrast to their rather dilapidated facility…

    What actually has become of their children Shauna and Nordi? Are they still around?


  6. Dear Anke,

    As far as I know Shauna and Nordi are still in Novosibirsk but they are staying in an enclosure where the visitors can’t see them. However, I don’t know this for sure. I know that the polar bear lovers in Russia are protesting against their bears going to China. Let’s hope this will not happen to Shauna and Nordi.

  7. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the info!
    I hope for Shauna’s and Nordi’s sake that the best possible new home will be found for each of them, where they can live a happy and good life. I too doubt that this could be in China….
    Let’s hope for the best!


  8. Schön haben es die beiden, danke fürs Zeigen.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika