Doncaster Diary – Wednesday 6th of April

May 20th, 2022 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

20.5.2022 by Ralph Morton

The Last Day: Flocke and more at YWP. I apologise to readers that this report is so late, especially as I will be back at YWP from 16 to 18 May.

All too soon on Wednesday 6 April it was my last day at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP). The weather had got better and the Ethiopian hyenas were enjoying the sun.


Sorry for the limits of my phone camera photos. I only use them to jog my memory. When I got to Project Polar 2 (PP2) it was clear that things were not well with Flocke and her family. A ranger filled me in on what was happening. A muddy Flocke was pacing back and fro along the perimeter fence.


Indy and Yuma lay in the grass blocking Flocke’s path.


Flocke simply walked round them. With a huge enclosure to roam in Flocke insisted on walking the same narrow path repeatedly. It seemed to suit her bad mood.


Indy and Yuma finished resting and started following Flocke again. Independent girl Tala had come over to see what was going on and then went back to the pool.


Flocke rolled in the mud and the boys imitated her. This went on for quite some time. Three dirty and rather tired bears got up again.


But Indy and Yuma were still pestering Flocke so she went back to rolling around, this time in the grass.



It was clear that Flocke had decided her boys needed some hints that it was time to go off on their own. All the rolling around tired Indy and Yuma more than Flocke.


Tala at the pool had found a red kayak and was in her own little world.


It was time to check on the boys at Project Polar 1. Hamish was looking for Nobby when I got there.



Sisu was at the entrance to the den complex. He then marched off cross the second enclosure. His powerful nose was searching for food along the way.




Nobby stayed further away and the two were not showing much interest in each other.


Luka was inside the Den tunnel. Like Hamish he Is a big bear and so far has been kept away from the others. Managing four bears in three enclosures is not easy.

In the afternoon it was back to PP2. Indy and Yuma were play fighting. Tala came over to see what was going on.


Flocke and her family together for what was soon to be the last time. She is the dirtiest in the picture.



Indy and Yuma were determined to get food from Flocke. She was equally firm that it was not going to happen.




All too soon it was time to say goodbye and go home. Luka seemed to realise it too.


By the time you read this I will have been back at YWP in May to see how everyone is getting on.

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  1. Lieber Ralph,

    es ist schön, dass wir mit dir die letzten gemeinsamen Tage von Flocke mit ihrem Trio miterleben können.
    Flocke hat nun auch entschieden, dass der Kindergarten und ihre Milchbar jetzt geschlossen bleiben.

    Bei deinem nächsten Besuch wirst du sehen, wie das Trio alleine zurecht kommt.
    Ich bin gespannt auf deine Beobachtungen. Tala wird wahrscheinlich am besten zurande kommen,
    die Jungs hängen gerne noch etwas länger am Rockzipfel der Mama, das ist bei Menschenkindern

    Auch über die Bilder von Nobby, Sisu und Hamisch habe ich mich sehr gefreut!
    Hab vielen Dank für deinen Bericht und gute Reise demnächst nach Doncaster!
    Liebe Grüße

  2. Sehr schön ist wieder alles,lieber Ralph!

    Liebe Grüße von Brigitte

  3. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for another interesting part of your report about the YWP visit in April!
    Polar bears are never more impressive than when they stand up to their full height. You were able to photograph them in this pose several times. Great!
    I have already commented on Flocke and her kids several times.

    What a pity you gave up travelling, at least for the time being. It was always nice to meet you and I like to remember your entertaining and humorous reports – e.g. about your visits in Knut’s time and later, when only the Golden Girls and finally Kati were left in Berlin Zoo.

    Today, a visit to Rostock would certainly be more worthwhile for a certified (polar) bear lover than to Berlin…

    All the best, take care!

  4. Dear Ralph,
    How fortuitous that you were there at the end of an era, The final days of Flocke with her triplets.

    The bachelor boys gave you some good opportunities too, how majestic is a polar bear standing at full height. They are so curious, too, wanting to see whatever is going on “over there.”

    Your reports make me feel almost like I am there next to you. Wouldn’t that be grand!


  5. Thank you very much dear Ralph.
    Best wishes to Flocke, Tala, Yuma, Indiana, Hamish, Nobby, Sisu and Luka.

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