The orphaned bear cub Aina and Sulo Karjalainen are best friends

Jul 6th, 2021 | By | Category: Kuusamo Predator Center

6.7.2021 – Source: Kuusamo Predator Center

In early March an orphaned bear cub was found in Kuhmo in Finland. Because the place is very near Kuusamo the police took the baby to Sulo Karjalainen.


Who could be a better choice to take care of the cubbie than Sulo who is an experienced ‘bear nanny’!

The cubbie was called Pena (a boy’s name) but Sulo soon found out the baby is a girl so the name was changed to Aina. 🙂


Of course, Aina was very skinny when she arrived but luckily she immediately started eating well. The fluffy toy helped her to feel secure.


The new home was a bit frightening in the beginning but very soon Aina realized she has a good home now.


Sulo and Aina are the best friends and they both like to walk in the surrounding fields.



Aina loves the scent of the flowers!


In the video you can see Aina first having a mud bath and then take a walk to a lake for a refreshing swim. It’s really heart warming to see this couple together.

Knuti’s Weekly wishes Sulo, Aina, Juuso and all the other bears a happy Summer time!

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  1. Was für eine Niedlichkeit.
    🙂 Ich denke, das Bärchen
    ist bei Sulo gut aufgehoben.

  2. Dear Mervi!
    And once again the heart swells!
    Aina is very lucky to have come into the hands of this loving and experienced bear dad after the loss of her mother. She is adorable and has certainly taken his heart by storm. Hopefully this little rascal won’t be too much of a handful for him.
    I hope we will be kept updated on how the story continues.
    It would also be nice to hear how Juuso and his family are doing. Is Juuso still painting his great pictures?


  3. Dear Mervi
    It has been a while since we heard news from Karjailanen.
    Sulo has found another new friend from the
    bear world. Little Aina will soon be a big strong girl.
    In the meantime it is great that she is now in safe hands and paws.

  4. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    Best wishes to Aina.

  5. Liebe Mervi,

    das kleine Bärchen hat großes Glück gehabt gefunden worden zu sein und nun in der Obhut des Bärenflüsteres Sulo aufzuwachsen. Sein Spaziergang mit dem Kleinen durchs hohe Gras erinnert ein wenig an Thomas Dörflein mit Knut auf der Wiese beim Fangen und Versteckspielen.
    Ich finde den Anblick kleiner Bären auf ihren Hinterfüßen stehend so wunderschön und bezaubernd.

    Viel Glück für Aina und den Bärenvater!

    Herzlich Grüße

  6. Die Kleine hat wirklich Glück so einen schönen Zoo und so einen tollen Freund gefunden zu haben. Alles Gute den beiden.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  7. Liebe Mervi

    Die Bärchen hatten Glück gerettet zu werden.
    Sie sind super niedlich!

    Schön, dass es ihnen nun gut geht.

    Liebe Grüße,

  8. dear Mervi,
    such a sweet toy, good food, wonderful nature and this good friend Sulo will help so much that Aina will grow to a nice and strong bear, I wish her a happy childhood at her cosy home
    dear greetings

  9. Dear Mervi, what a wonderful update about Sulo and his bears. One can wonder whether the man was created for the bears or the bears for the man. But one thing is for sure: it is a match made in heaven. And very important: he is at least able to immediately determine the correct gender of the cub. When watching the video, it is obvious that both have adopted each other. Sulo is acting as the new “mamma” and baby is reacting as any other little cub: curious, playful and full of mischief because she knows that “mamma” is around to keep an eye on her and to protect her when needed.

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