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While I don’t like to dwell on our extended winter weather, this is what the first half of the month of April 2018 looked like in Marshfield, Wisconsin at Wildwood Zoo.

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Even Munsey and Boda were looking forward to the snow melting and the fresh green grass and tender leaves emerging from the buds on the trees!

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While I enjoy watching Munsey and Boda climb the tree’s in the Bear Woods, I’m ready for them to stop their climbing for safety reason’s. That’s 850 pounds of Kodiak bear up in that little tree!

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On April 19th the weather began warming up and the pond in the Bear Woods no longer was ice covered, which allowed Munsey and Boda to enjoy swimming and water wrestling once again.

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A favorite pastime for Munsey is finding a rock from the pond and trying to place it on the bridge of his nose and flip it into the air, while trying to catch it in his paw.

 

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Munsey has practiced and refined his rock throwing techniques over the past two years and I have seen him successfully flip that rock into the air and smack it a couple of feet across the pond.

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Meanwhile Boda is examining  a large log floating in the pond.

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I believe that Munsey has put in his application in maintenance management control, hoping to regulate the water distribution throughout the Bear Woods and JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat Exhibit.

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The overflow from the large upper pond, allowed standing water for Munsey and Boda to enjoy.  The extra water also created an opportunity for frogs and other small creatures to thrive in that area as well.  So Munsey would spend hours pacing back and forth  creating a deep muddy path, while hoping to capture a little creature that might happen to come his way!aDSC_4778 boda

Where there is a spout, there is water, regardless how far out of reach it might be for these guys!

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It’s always wonderful to capture the connections between the zoo guests or staff members and the Kodiak bears Munsey and Boda!20170822_141734-1

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This selection of photographs were taken on my birthday.  I spent about an hour watching Munsey and Boda relaxing in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat area and then splash around in the pond located in the Bear Woods. Munsey’s weight is about 760 lbs. and Boda’s weight is about 840 lbs.

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On April 20th, 2018 Munsey’s weight is about 760 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 840 lbs.

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On January 2016 Munsey’s weight was 175 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 185 lbs.

 

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On January 9, 2017 Munsey’s weight was 506 lbs. and Boda’s weight was 545 lbs.

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On February 1st, 2018  Munsey’s weight was 680 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 760 lbs.

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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!

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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.