Category: JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit


The cubs had a great time playing with their toy’s in the pool located at the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit.

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Of course they enjoy playing with their all time favorite toy, the fire hose!  They played with the fire hose for at least two hour’s today!

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In the above photograph Munsey is on the right hand side and Boda is on the left hand side.  Boda has a broader snout, while Munsey has a narrower snout.

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A gentle nudge from his brother, indicates it’s time to wake up and play!DSC_9100

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Munsey likes to touch his toes in the morning, while Boda likes to stretch and see if he can strip some bark off the tree that’s located  in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat Area.

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If I’m lucky  Munsey and Boda will stop by the observation window and greet me!

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Munsey and Boda now stand from head to toe at 7 feet in height and from front paws to toes they stretch 9 feet in length. Munsey’s weight is about 605 lbs. and Boda’s weight is about 620 lbs.

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On the morning of June 22nd, 2017 the cubs were given a fruity ice snack after they finished their breakfast.  They really seem to enjoy their fruity ice snacks!

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An unexpected rainstorm hit around 9:15 am and Munsey grabbed his fruity ice chunk and went into the pool, hoping Boda wouldn’t be able to take his snack!

 

Munsey and Boda really enjoy their morning and afternoon snacks.  A great time to see the Kodiak bear cubs get their snacks is right after breakfast, which is around 9:00 am and lunch is served around 2:30 pm.

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After breakfast and snack time, it’s time for a major water fight!  Munsey and boda love to splash and play aggressively in the Bear pond and the pool area located in front of the observation window at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.aDSC_8836

Munsey and Boda now stand at a height of 7 feet tall (measuring from hind legs to their head) and 9 feet in height if (measured from hind feet to front legs).

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The cubs love to take a bath and splash each other in the pond located in the Bear Woods! They also love to eat any new cat tails planted in the pond.   The head zoo keeper Steve Burns, had hoped that Munsey and Boda would allow the plants to grow but in 30 minutes time, the plants had been devoured by the cubs!

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Munsey talent is to take a rock and place it on his snout and flips it into the air.  He’ll also take a large stick and use it to scratch his chin, head and back.

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Boda’s special talent is climbing high into the trees, sometimes 35 feet up into the trees.

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Today Munsey and Boda offered zoo guest’s an up close and personal experience to interact via the large observation window at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Both the young and the young at heart love interacting with Munsey and Boda!

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17635158_10154970834421071_7360387466208150472_oBelow is a link to when I was interviewed by WSAW Channel 7 news station.  The wonderful camera man came to my home and we chatted about the bears for at least an hour and then went to the zoo and spent another another hour or more talking about the rescued Kodiak bear cubs, Munsey and Boda!

Thank you Channel 7 News Station for the great coverage on Wildwood Zoo and Marshfield, Wisconsin.

https://www.google.com/search?q=susan+wendlandt+bear+ambassador&start=10&sa=N&tbm=isch&imgil=6eiQF112vs-bRM%253A%253Bdxc1ZoGL5cUnPM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.wsaw.com%25252Fcontent%25252Fnews%25252FYOUR-TOWN-MARSHFIELD–426010014.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=6eiQF112vs-bRM%253A%252Cdxc1ZoGL5cUnPM%252C_&usg=__U3H0hOAp-qUfHNnrE6p0QRySdKc%3D&biw=1920&bih=950&ved=0ahUKEwjfrK2Y-KbUAhUE04MKHSjUDM04ChDKNwgu&ei=0201WZ_3CYSmjwSoqLPoDA#imgrc=6eiQF112vs-bRM:

If you’d like to purchase any of the photographic Kodiak bear books or other merchandise dedicated to Munsey and Boda, please stop in at “iMAGiNETHAT!” Art Studio on July 28,29 and 30th or October 6,7 and 8th.  My art studio is #12 on the NORTHWOODS ART TOUR MAP.     http://www.northwoodsarttour.com.

 

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On Saturday, May 13th Munsey and Boda spent a few hours floating and playing with the metal beer keg in the pond located in the Bear Woods habitat area at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.aDSC_3487

The Kodiak bear’s seemed almost well behaved as they shared the empty beer keg.

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I often wonder if Munsey and Boda can smell the remains of the beer inside the keg.aDSC_3564

Of course  Munsey and Boda have to hug each other /wrestle each other in the water as well as on land!  On their most active days the bears will play tag and  wrestle with each other every 20 to 30 minutes. The interaction can last anywhere from 2 minutes to 10 minutes.

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Since the bears have such a heightened sense of smell, I wonder if they can identify what their brother has eaten for a meal that day?  The specific action between the two bears is considered a positive interaction.

 

 

This video was taken on December 4th 2016.  Munsey weighs 460 lbs. and Boda weighs 495 lbs.

The boys really seemed to enjoy braking off chunks of icicles and munching on them, while they wait for their lunch to arrive.

Here is a link to the video of Munsey and Boda playing Tog of War with the fire hose! The video was taken in mid November of 2016.

The snack time video was also taken about the same time as the first video but it depicts how the zoo staff offer enrichment activities for the bears swimming through offering a different snack time experience every day.

 

On December 4th, 2016  Munsey and Boda enjoy exploring the new fallen snow!  Munsey enjoys rolling around in the white stuff and Boda enjoys running around the Bear Woods hoping for a wrestling match with Munsey.

Munsey  now weighs 460 lbs. and Boda weighs 490 bls. and with the extra winder coat of fur the bears look  more massive at 22 months of age.

Every day about noon the cubs move to the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat area to wait for lunch.  The bears usually come up to the observation window to get a better view of the zoo staff as they leave their office to begin feeding the animals.  It appears that Munsey and Boda can smell their lunch as it’s being prepared by the staff!

I happened to have a cup of coffee on hand and even the coffee was of interest to Munsey that afternoon. adsc_3582-2016-12-4