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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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This video was taken on May 13th, 2017.

Munsey (one of two  rescued Kodiak bears living in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit at  Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin  was intrigued by the guitar playing zoo guest (Lance Jacobs) that came to entertain the animals at Wildwood Zoo.

I’d been thinking about exposing the cubs to music and observe  how they react to the music.  Thanks to Lance Jacobs, that surprised us today, I was able to document the reaction of the cubs to live music.

Boda (Munsey’s brother)  didn’t seem to react to the music (he kept swimming and playing with his beer keg) but Munsey was captivated by the music and followed the musician t back and forth as he played his guitar for the Kodiak bears.

To learn more about the rescued Kodiak bear cubs and their life at Wildwood Zoo go to the following links

www.wendlandtsusan.wordpress.com

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

http://visitmarshfield.com/bears/

http://mmcebooks.a2hosted.com/2017/04/14/zoo-view-april-2017/

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

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx4wojsKPpY&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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.

DSC_2049 12.53 to 1.03pm Munsey and Boda often drop their favorite toys down in the pit! (The PIT is a section of the old bear exhibit that drops about 15 to 20 feet down and was created to keep the old bears inside the bear exhibit without using a fence or other obstructive devices that would block the vision for the zoo guest while watching the bears.

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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Munsey and Boda had a refreshing snack of pineapple and coconuts this morning.  The only problem with a coconut, is trying to figure out how to crack the thing open,to get the good stuff inside!

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Here’s Munsey (above photograph) trying to figure out how to crack the shell of the coconut.

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Boda managed to figure out the secret of cracking and opening the coconut shell but poor Munsey just couldn’t get the shell to crack!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8owyhIBKuuE

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI00l9CFBdQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XvLDOHMz8c

It’s a rainy and at the very least a drizzly kind of day and it’s my birthday.   I was determined to get a few photographs of Munsey and Boda today.  So with an umbrella in hand I went to Wildwood Zoo hoping to get a few interesting photographs of the boys and they did not disappoint!

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Boda was up the tree when I arrived and I’m still amazed that the branch he’s standing on, held up under the weight of almost 600 lbs.!

So when Boda is descending from the tree he reminds me of Whinny The Pooh , stuck   in the doorway of the his den.  It appears that descending requires far more  thought, time and talent  than climbing up the tree!  Boda should know that he’s too big for tree climbing!  Maybe I should get him some rock climbing gear!

While Boda was trimming the limbs off the tree, Munsey was gathering and moving the fallen tree limbs that would become the bears late morning snack.

I’m really looking forward to working on the next Munsey and Boda book that has these tree climbing adventures and new information of the cubs growth and activities!

 

 

I spent four hours photographing Munsey and Boda on April 17th.  Munsey’s weight is about 575 pounds and Boda’s weight is about 594 pounds.  On April 17th, 2016 the cubs weights was 230 pounds and in October of 2015 the cubs weights was 120-130 pounds.

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Munsey has been  initiating  the wrestling matches over the Winter months , while Boda was moving a bit slower because of the Winter weather.  Munsey favorite way to bother Boda is to pull Boda’s ear.  Now that spring has arrived Munsey and Boda are as active as ever and during their active periods they will usually wrestle with each other about four times during a 60 minute period of time.  One of the best times of day to see these guys in action in the Bear Woods is usually around 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

DSC_0073 You can find them playing tag, having water fights in the Bear Pond and bathing.

Munsey’s favorite water activity is finding a nice size rock and placing it on his nose or forehead and launching it into the air.

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The bears should of stopped climbing tree’s about 12 months ago but on March 17th, 2017,  I watched Boda climbing back up one of his favorite trees in the Bear Woods.

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There’s something just not right about a 600 pound bear climbing up a tree!  I guess the bears were curious about the sounds of a chain saw that was cutting down one of the large tree’s at Wildwood Zoo that day.  Of-course the bears love the taste of those tender new leaves on the tree but it takes a lot of energy for Munsey and Boda to get their muscular bodies up into the tree’s as well as getting themselves back down to the ground.

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You can see the difference in the growth of the cubs since they arrived in October 2015.

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On March 17th, 2017, I photographed Munsey climbing this tree trunk and standing on top of the trunk.  The Kodiak cubs never cease to amaze me!

It’s not easy taking photographs of the Kodiak cubs during the cold winter months.  During the coldest of days, I’ll only spend 15 minutes taking photographs. My  hands begin to freeze and even the camera isn’t too happy being subjected the cold temperatures.  Regardless of the weather and cold temperature, I’m drawn to stop in and visit Munsey and Boda because of their playful and childlike curiosity and behavior.  So here are a few photographs of the Kodiak cubs enjoying the winter snow.aaadsc_4915-1-9-2017

This photograph of Munsey  was taken on January 9th, 2017.  He was playing with a stick he found in the Bear Woods.

The photograph on the left was taken 1/9/2017 and the photograph on the right was taken 1/29 2016.  On 1/29/2016 the cubs weight was around 200 pounds. On 1/9/2017  Munsey’s weight is around 505 lbs. and Boda weight is 545 lbs.

 

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Here are a list of new video’s to view on Munsey and Boda!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdg6vB0KO9c

During the Winter months Munsey and Boda seem to be more interactive more frequently , then they are during the Summer months.  I’m sure with that Winter coat of fur, they are very comfortable in the winter season.

Notice the difference in the weight and growth of the Kodiak cubs since Feb. 15th, 2016 to Dec. 4th, 2016.  The Munsey’s  weight was 185 lbs. and Boda’s weight was 192 lbs. in Feb. 2016 . On Dec. 4th, Munsey weighs 460 lbs. and Boda weighs 495 lbs.