Category: Wildwood Park and Zoo


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Munsey’s special talent is to collect rocks and stones and place them on his nose or forehead and toss them up into the air and hit them with his paw.

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Munsey has been perfecting his technique in stone throwing for the past two years.

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This morning Munsey was kind enough to demonstrate just how well he can throw these rocks while swimming in the pond located at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

I had been informed that Munsey and Boda would stop climbing tree’s when they reached 12 months of age.  Well, I can tell you that this isn’t the case with Munsey and Boda!

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This is Munsey climbing a fairly small tree on June 26th, 2018! In August Munsey and Boda will be 3 1/2 years old and they are still climbing trees!

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Munsey is about 820 lbs at this time.  It’s hard to believe that a bear can manage to move that amount of weight right up a tree!

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As you can see, this tree isn’t very large and I know that I’d heard a number of branches cracking as Munsey began to desend back to Earth!

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It takes careful footing for Munsey to figure out where to place his weight as he makes his downward journey to the ground.

Munsey and Boda had a wet and wild afternoon pool party as they enjoyed each others company swimming in the 13-foot swimming hole located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat Area at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield WI.

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These two loving brothers really can play rough with each other but it’s all fun and Games for these two guys!

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(left to right Munsey and Boda)  When I first arrived at the zoo this afternoon Munsey and Boda were taking a nap! Well, kind of taking a nap!

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So if you happen to be visiting Munsey and Boda, remember if they are sleeping, it’s because they probably had a very active morning or play time.  Once they’ve rested up, they are usually up and about chasing each other, swimming in the pool or in the pond.

Regardless of what these two boys are up to, I always find them endlessly entertaining to watch and document!  In the two hours, I spent documenting the bears today at Wildwood Zoo I shot about 200 photographs of Munsey and Boda.

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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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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.

 

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.

The weather conditions couldn’t of been better for Munsey and Boda to enjoy an early afternoon roll in the snow!  At times it looked as tho the Kodiak brothers might of had a snowball fight, as Boda’s face appeared to of been splattered with a huge snowball!

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The boys were extremely active when I stopped by to visit them, as they wrestled around in the fresh snow and explored the slushy ice pond in the Bear Woods.

These photographs were taken on Monday Dec.11th around 12:30 -1:30 pm.  My hands began to get very cold after about 30 minutes of exposure to the elements but the bears seemed comfortable playing around in the 20 degree weather.  Munsey’s weight is 680 lbs. and Boda’s weight is now 760 lbs.

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It appears that Munsey (standing over Boda) has defiantly learned a few new wrestling moves from watching “Animal Plant”! Munsey was holding his own whenever I’ve observed them wrestling!

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If you’d like to learn more about Munsey and Boda,  I’ll be happy to talk to you this Saturday  from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. at the Marshfield Mercantile located at 355 S. Central Ave., Marshfield, WI.

 

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Nov. 2015 (above)  Munsey 120 lbs.  & Boda   130 lbs.    October 27th,2016 (below) Boda  480 lbs.

 

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Below (left to right) Oct. 27, 2017 Boda  720 lbs. and Munsey  620 lbs.

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(above)  Boda – Oct. 27th 2017

This 605 lbs. Kodiak cub loves his snack time!  Munsey always eats his meals and snacks as slowly as he possibly can do so, enjoying every morsel he of food during  meal and snack time!

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It can take Munsey up to 30 minutes to eat his breakfast, while Boda almost inhales every meal and he isn’t a happy camper when he has to watch Munsey  slowly eating his meal .

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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.