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It’s hard to believe that these two brothers collectively  weigh  around 1,610 lbs.  with that amount of weight and the incredible amount of strength these two Kodiak bears have, I wouldn’t want to get in-between them while they’re giving each other a bear hug!

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Munsey and Boda appear to enjoy wrestling with each other in the pond located in the Bear Woods section of the habitat area.

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Munsey and Boda also enjoy playing with beer keg that floats around the pond.

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Boda has once again taken to the tree’s in hopes of retrieving those tender buds and branches to snack on this morning.  Boda is 840 lbs. and it’s unbelievable as to the heights he climbs most mornings.  The tree’s must be incredibly strong to withstand Boda’s weight.

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While observing Boda the past few mornings, I noticed that the tree branches don’t make any cracking sounds from the weight of this three year old Kodiak bear until he begins his descent back to the ground.   As much as I love watching Boda climb high up into the tree’s, I’m hoping he stops climbing very soon because I’m a little concerned about him falling out of the tree.

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There appears to be a smile on Boda’s face as returns to the ground after he’s dropped a large branch with tender buds, down to the ground to snack on with his brother Munsey.

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Register to participate at the Be the Bunny Event held at Marshfield Wildwood Zoo held on March 25th at 10:00 am!

This bear basket is just one of  many silent auction items that you can bid on to help support the Marshfield Wildwood Zoo!

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My latest book title “Branch Management” is included in the bear basket, along with other Munsey and Boda themed products, including 10-greeting cards, 1- journal, 3-  5″x 7 “photographs, 1 bear book and two stuffed bears.

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Munsey and Boda must have a craving for those tender new leaves growing on the trees  because the boys are once again climbing to great heights to get a nibble on the second full day of Spring.

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This is a photograph of Boda , as he straddles on a relatively small tree branch.  Boda now weighs 840 pounds and still manages to mobilize all that weight 30 plus feet up the tree!

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Munsey’s weight is 760 pounds.  While I was observing the bears today Munsey didn’t climb much more than three feet up the tree trunk.  This isn’t unusual for Munsey,  he’s always had a tenancy to not climb as high up into the tree tops as his brother Boda.

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If your interested in stopping to visit Munsey and Boda and hope to see them tree climbing then stop in and visit them at the Marshfield Wildwood Zoo in by around 10:00 -11:00 am.

 

I’m not sure where the time has gone but Munsey and Boda are 3 years old today!

aaDSC_3869 2016-01-6(Above)  Munsey and Boda 1/2016  – The weight of Boda is about 192 lbs. and Munsey is about 185 lbs.

These two sweet hearts have had many adventures since they were born and it’s a blessing in it’s self that the cubs survived after their mother was shot illegally. Five days after their mother was killed the cubs were rescued by the Dodge Hunting party assisted by Nate Svobda and nursed back to health by the Anchorage Zoo staff and the rest is history!

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To learn more about Munsey and Boda, check out the books I’ve written documenting the growth and development of these two wonderful Kodiak bears. To purchase these books send an email to wendlandtsusan@gmail.com

The first time I ventured out this year to take photographs of Munsey and Boda was on January 4th,2018 and then I stopped by again on the 18th and 19th.

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Since I hadn’t seen these guys that often this winter I contacted the zoo staff and informed them I’d made an ice globe frozen fruit treat for Munsey and Boda.

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It never ceases to amaze me at the the strength of the bears jaws bones.  It usually takes Munsey and Boda about 10 minutes to finish this type of frozen fruit snack.  If the bears are given regular fruit as a snack they pretty much inhale the fruit in a few minutes.

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When I arrived at the zoo on January 18th, I was hoping to get some action shots of the cubs playing in the snow and this time of year I’m not sure what the cubs activity schedule is like because I just don’t get to spend as much time observing the them because of the cold weather.

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So on this particular visit Munsey and Boda were just laying around, digging around under the snow and in-between the large tree trucks.

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Just as I was about to leave, I bumped into some guests and spent some time sharing information about the rescue of Munsey and Boda and in doing so I stayed long enough to catch the two Kodiak brothers begin playing with each other in the snow.

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The photograph above  and below – Munsey is on the left and Boda is on the right.

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The cubs had a grand time playing around and chasing each other in the snow that day.

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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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You can purchased a selection of Limited Edition snowflake cards  and original prints and journals this Saturday, December 16th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Marshfield Mercantile located at 355 S. Central Ave. Marshfield, WI.  
Prices range from $3.00 to $30.00.
Please stop by and take a peek at the section of artwork and photographs. 

I love to play with a variety of materials when I’m creating artwork!  If my original prints don’t live up to my expectations, I alter them into a totally new composition.

Sometimes an original prints will sit in a drawer for a couple of years before I figure out what direction to follow. Every January through March I pull out all my misfit children and turn them into totally new compositions, usually collages / mixed media.

I believe that the artwork is waiting for me to develop my skills  and that’s when the magic happens!  It helps having an open mind and the courage to destroy one piece of artwork to make exciting discoveries and push my boundaries!

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I hope you’ll  stop by on ( 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 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. 

On Friday Dec. 15th around 9:00 am  Munsey and Boda will be having a special holiday bear snack!  The photograph below is not a photograph of the snack that they’ll be getting.

So, if you’re in Marsfield and want to see Munsey and Boda get a special snack, stop by the Wildwood Zoo tomorrow morning!

And check out the special Christmas Enrichment activities at Wildwood Zoo on Sunday Dec. 17th, 10:00 am    https://www.facebook.com/events/162708524333896/

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