Tag Archive: Kodiak Bear Cubs


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!

 

Check out these links to  video’s of Munsey and Boda playing and eating on a rainy Thursday morning of June 22nd, 2017.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oST9z9Ulm94

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDWg2NFivlM

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mny3WKGo-o0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24RHbxoxebE

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdP5AZfG4xg

 

 

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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The observation window at the JP Kodiak Bear Exhibit is offers a wonderful view of Munsey and Boda while their eating, playing and interacting with zoo guests.  It’s that time of year when many school groups are stopping in to visit the animals at Wildwood Zoo!

If you happen to see me around and want an update on the bears, please feel free to stop and me any questions.  I’m usually wearing a camera around my neck , small backpack and sometime a chart for documenting information about the bears.

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Munsey and Boda seem to know when it’s breakfast or lunch time at Wilwood Zoo.  So they often decide to keep a watchful eye out for Steve Burns (the head zookeeper) or other trained staff members that serve them their meals everyday.

 

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The video clip above depicts Munsey, Boda and Dodge after they were rescued on Kodiak Island and taken to the Zoo in Anchorage.

The photographs (above the video clip)  were taken shortly after the cubs arrived at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.

The video link below explains the rescue story of Munsey, Boda and Dodge and includes photographs of when the cubs were first rescued.  I also recommend that you check out the two links that are provided with this video, to learn about the Grand Opening and other information about the rescue of the Kodiak Bear Cubs.

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The link below is a video of Munsey and Boda’s first Birthday party that was celebrated at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wiscosnin.

Tree climbing is a favorite pass time for the cubs. Here are two video clips of Munsey and Boda climbing the tree’s.  The first video is of the cubs climbing in October 2015 and the other two video’s depict the cubs climbing the tree’s in April of 2017.

 

 

Munsey and Boda have a brother Dodge that lives at the To

ledo Zoo in Ohio. Dodge has bonded with two female Grizzly cubs.  To learn more about Dodge, go to the follwing links below.

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/03/02/3-bears-orphaned-in-wild-find-Toledo-Zoo-home-is-just-right.html

 

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=773

 

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Rescued-brown-bears-on-exhibit-at-the-Toledo-Zoo-383093881.html

 

 

 

 

Since I’ve been documenting the rescued Kodiak bear cubs since October 2015, I’ve taken thousands of photographs.  So when I over heard the zoo staff talking about the dental health of the bears, I thought I might be able to provide a some assistance.

I returned to my computer and began looking for photographs that happened to of captured the bears with their mouths open and teeth exposed.  I then labeled each image file to include the word teeth, so the images would be easy to retrieve and share with the zoo staff.  These images assist the zoo staff with a better understanding of the growth and dental health of the bears over a period of time.

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I thought it might be interesting to share some close up photographs of the paws of a two year old Kodiak bear.

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The paws are huge and have unbelievable strength and agility!

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As I continue to observe the Kodiak bear cubs, I’m astonished by the cubs ability to manipulate the claws with the same agility as a human.  The hump on the Kodiak bear is made of muscle which developed presumably  for imparting force in digging  and helps with when constructing dens.

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This week I began recording the movements and activities of Munsey and Boda.  The last time I had done a detailed documentation of the cubs was in late October and early November of 2016.

It’s always interesting to get a more in-depth view of the bears and discover patterns schedules and characteristics that I wouldn’t of noticed if I hadn’t taken the time to graph the detailed movements of the bears.

This information is always shared with the staff at Wildwood Zoo, including the photographs and video’s.  It’s my personal way of repaying the Zoo for all the time I spend there while photographically recording the cubs growth and development since they arrived in October of 2015.

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On Monday I also had taken photographs and video’s to match the written documentation, so if someone wanted to look at the documentation in the distant future, they could go back in time and see the cubs as they were in the past, while I was graphing and taking notes on their behavior.

Each image has a designated period of time added to the digital file number to use with the graphing chart and notations that were taken at that specific time.

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Whenever I post images of Munsey and Boda splashing in the pools / ponds or wrestling around in the Bear Woods , please remember that these bears are created with built in protective gear!  I think of them as high school hockey players, they have the equipment to play very rough and not hurt each other.

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Munsey and Boda often drop their red and blue balls and favorite fire hose in the pit and wait for the staff to retrieve the toys.  The problem is that the bears do this fairly often and then the bears attempt to retrieve the toys themselves.  Thank goodness the zoo staff comes and retrieves the items but these bears behave exactly like a child that two years of age, so you know the ball’s going down into the PIT again in the near future.

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Interaction with zoo guest’s in always a great experience for everyone!  People are thrilled to see the cubs up close and personal!  I’m thrilled to be able to photograph and video the bears without dealing with light reflecting off the fencing!  Keep in mind I really appreciate the devices used  keep the bears and zoo guests safe at Wildwood Zoo.  If not for those devices, I’d never be able to document the Kodiak bears with such ease and consistency.

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I’m looking forward to working on my five days of graphing documentation to see what new things the zoo staff and  I can learn  about Munsey and Boda and compare the information to my last charts and future charts.

 

Munsey and Boda have a brother Dodge that lives at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio. Didge has bonded with two female Grizzly cubs. To learn more about Dodge go to the following links…

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/03/02/3-bears-orphaned-in-wild-find-Toledo-Zoo-home-is-just-right.html

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=773

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Rescued-brown-bears-on-exhibit-at-the-Toledo-Zoo-383093881.html

 

http://exploremarshfield.com/whos-who-at-the-zoo/

 

 

http://exploremarshfield.com/kodiakbearscelebratesecondbirthday/

http://exploremarshfield.com/wildwoodzoo_munseyboda/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/wildwoodzoo/videos/https://www.facebook.com/pg/wildwoodzoo/videos/

 

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