A polar bear — who appears to be very, very sleepy — spreads out over his grassy habitat at a zoo in Hanover (near Amsterdam) this week. The zoo has opened a new themed area Yukon Bay, which is one of a series of "worlds" filled with animals from all over the globe.Need another darling picture of two friendly polar bears, who appear to have a little more energy? Check it after the jump.
Young romance! Knut and Giovanna have been cozily co-habitating since early this year and, from the looks of it, have quite the romantic connection, too! Since I cracked up at so many of these pics, I've created dialogue to go along with the wordless creatures. Click in to read
my their thoughts. If these bears could talk...
Love is definitely in the air for this young couple! In one of the biggest headlines of 2009, the famed Knut the cute finally found love, joined by a female polar bear from Munich.We've seen them playing separately, but a recent snowstorm in Berlin made the 3-year-old bears extra frisky as they roamed about in the snow. She's an aggressive one, too: that's Giovanna on the right, love biting Knut's ear. Rawr.
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Nuremberg Zoo's Flocke, who turns two this December, departs Deutschland for France come early 2010. Along with Rasputin, the young male bear pal who joined her last year, they move to a zoo in Antibes so their old space in Germany can hold future bears. Don't worry about this matchup, the two bears "get along famously" already.
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Over a month ago, this pretty Polar Bear made the news as the future romantic interest (hopefully) of Knut the cute. Hailing from Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo, she's now on display in Berlin and ready for her love connection.
The 2-year-old gal will explore the enclosure of the world-famous bear, but they will not meet face-to-face until special measures are implemented. Knut's never encountered another animal since his mama cast him aside as a cub. A "canoodling fence" will eventually separate them, and if the sparks are there then this duo will join forces in one spot. Sweet.
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The famous orphaned cub lost his human BFF after suffering rejection from his beary parent, and rumors have it the big bear is now lonely and possibly depressed. Sad. Hopefully his new signorina can keep him company, frolic and play, and pose for (many, many, many) piccys. I'm already hearing the pitter patter of little bear feet — that's amore!
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I am all about polar bears (obviously), but I'm not sure how I'd feel about shoving this nearly four foot tall Polar Bear Book Shelf I found on Outblush into my apartment. Although come to think of it, it would be about the size of a baby Knut, would it not? Humm — like having my very own baby polar be . . . ah who am I kidding.Designed by iBride (pronounced e-breed), they are a family based firm out of France that whips up environmentally focused art and design that features animals of all kinds. But, even if this polar bear bookshelf did scream "Must Have", I couldn't bring myself to add it to the list. It's $6000 dollars. Yup, that's three zeros. It sure is cool though, right?
Last Friday, a 32-year-old woman leaped a fence and scaled a wall to jump into a Berlin Zoo enclosure holding four polar bears (including Knut). Six zookeepers attempted to distract the bears, but she was still bitten several times by one of the creatures. Even though it was their normal feeding time, she was able to be pulled out safely – minus those injuries – and was rushed to the hospital for surgery.
Now after my initial shock, I flashbacked to a similar situation that so disturbed me as a child, that I instantly recalled that story when hearing this one. Learn what stuck in my head some 22 years later, when you read more
Today is National Polar Bear Day, so why not pretend you live in the Arctic and curl up with your tots, a cup of hot chocolate and a Fuzzy-Wuzzy-infused read like Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? ($17). The interactive tale follows animals in the zoo and the many sounds they make, encouraging young children to mimic their sounds.
If your child is two years or older, consider a polar bear book with a more concrete plot like one of the options below.
Say it isn't so! Knut's allegedly up for grabs (or something) as there's been talk in recent months about the world's most famous polar bear needing a new home. The time's coming for him to find a mate, and there simply may not be enough room for him and a new fertile female at Zoo Berlin.
While it's still uncertain if Knut the Cute's days at his German zoo are numbered, I bet no matter where this bear goes, the cameras are sure to follow. He's just so adoro playing with toys, water, and more this season (like his Polar Bear brethren around the world).
You know you wanna see Knut sticking out his tongue and batting a deflated soccer ball so check this out and more when you read more