Category: JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit


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(Photograph above) Munsey taking a sniff of the yummy stuff packed into the ice globes.

Munsey and Boda has a grand time chomping down on their frozen fruit globes filled with strawberries, banana’s, raspberries, peanut-butter, coconut, apple slices and a drizzle of honey!

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I’m constantly amazed at the size and strength of the bears jaws!  The smaller ice globes had at least an inch of ice shell with the fruit snacks packed into the center of the globes and the cubs bite, cracked the shell open without any struggles.

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The small ice globes were made from 12 inch balloons and the larger ice globes were made from punch-balls filled with water and cracked open and stuffed with healthy bear snacks.

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I observed how well behaved Boda was while Munsey finished off his small ice globe.DSC_9345

My first choice for this book was KODIAK STRIPPER  but I thought that might give people the wrong idea about what might be hiding between the covers of my book!
The Kodiak bears are very good at stripping the bark off the tree’s and the cubs have  even destroyed a few tree’s in both the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit and the Bear Woods Habitat Area.
My new book “BRANCH MANAGEMENT” can be purchased this Saturday, December 16th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Marshfield Mercantile located at 355 S. Central Ave. Marshfield, WI. I will also have the rest of my Kodiak Bear merchandise (coasters, journals, cards and books) as well as my limited edition greeting cards, art journals and a selection small original prints / collages. 
Prices range from $3.00 to $30.00. Please stop by and take a peek at the section of artwork and photographs that range from the documentation of the two rescued Kodiak bear cubs to original and reproduction prints. 20171106_195341
“BRANCH MANAGEMENT” offers the reader 20 pages of photographs documenting the growth and development of Marshfield’s beloved Kodiak bear cubs (Munsey and Boda).  The photographs depict the close relationship the Kodiak bears have with trees.
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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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