Category: JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit


These little piggies don’t go to the market, the market food is delivered to them twice a day!  The more important news is that this paw belongs to a  32 month old,  Kodiak bear cub named Munsey ! As of Monday, October 2nd, 2017 Munsey weight is 605 pounds.  For breakfast each cub eats about 5 lbs. of raw meat , a large pail of fresh fruits and veggies and 16 cups of bear chow.

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Boda’s paws are a  larger than Munsey’s because Boda’s weight is 720 lbs.

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While most zoo guest’s think Munsey is the underdog in this relationship, the truth is these two bears are equally matched in the art of wrestling!  Munsey has a greater advantage to out maneuver Boda because of Boda’s larger bone structure and over all bulky body mass.

After six weeks of separation, today is the  fourth day that  Munsey and Boda have been placed together in one habitat area.  The cubs appear to be very happy to be together again once again! DSC_4942

(left to right) Munsey and Boda sitting in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit, waiting for breakfast to be delivered by the zoo staff.

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Today (9 /29/ 2017) I found the cubs play wrestling after they had their breakfast and snacks.  The cubs play wrestled for about 30 minutes, afterwards they cooled off in the Bear Pond.

(photo’s below) On the first day together I found the cubs napping in their indoor den area.  Afterwards the cubs swam in the bear pond and explored the swimming pool / bog area while Steve burns the head zookeeper was repairing the pump system.

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Munsey and Boda love playing on cool rainy days! It appears these two brothers are very active when the temperature drops to the 50 and 60 degree weather because life on Kodiak Island is often very cool, cloudy and wet.  The video link posted here was taken on the morning of June 2017, while the cubs were enjoying Fresh Fruit Bear Popsicle’s to help cool their core body temperature during some warm stretches of weather.

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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.