Category: Wildwood Park and Zoo


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.

Normally Boda  has an alpha personality but ever since Munsey has been under the weather and/ or recovering from his procedure,  Boda has been displaying a very maternal and caring behavior towards his little brother.

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When Boda isn’t keeping Munsey company, he’ll spend a little time playing with a small piece of landscaping fabric or messing around with a large stick while cooling off in the pond.

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While observing Boda play in the water September 2nd 2017, this was one of the most lengthily periods of time spent enjoying the water.  The majority of the time, Boda has spent his time being as physically close to his brother Munsey and only leaving his side to get a drink of water and cool down in the pond for about 15 minutes. Normally boda would cool down and return to his brothers side for about an hour to two hours before returning to the pond for another drink.  This routine would repeat it’s self for hours on end throughout the day.

20170803_132021Munsey and Boda enjoyed themselves today during a rain storm.  The cool rain is the type of weather the bear’s enjoy most.

Below is a link to a video of Munsey and Boda playing in the pool at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.

 

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http://focusonmarshfield.com/zookeeper-steve-burns-visits-home-kodiak-bears/

The link above is a news article regarding Steve Burns the zookeeper for Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield and his trip to Kodiak Island Alaska in connection with Munsey and Boda.

 

17635158_10154970834421071_7360387466208150472_oBelow is a link to when I was interviewed by WSAW Channel 7 news station.  The wonderful camera man came to my home and we chatted about the bears for at least an hour and then went to the zoo and spent another another hour or more talking about the rescued Kodiak bear cubs, Munsey and Boda!

Thank you Channel 7 News Station for the great coverage on Wildwood Zoo and Marshfield, Wisconsin.

https://www.google.com/search?q=susan+wendlandt+bear+ambassador&start=10&sa=N&tbm=isch&imgil=6eiQF112vs-bRM%253A%253Bdxc1ZoGL5cUnPM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.wsaw.com%25252Fcontent%25252Fnews%25252FYOUR-TOWN-MARSHFIELD–426010014.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=6eiQF112vs-bRM%253A%252Cdxc1ZoGL5cUnPM%252C_&usg=__U3H0hOAp-qUfHNnrE6p0QRySdKc%3D&biw=1920&bih=950&ved=0ahUKEwjfrK2Y-KbUAhUE04MKHSjUDM04ChDKNwgu&ei=0201WZ_3CYSmjwSoqLPoDA#imgrc=6eiQF112vs-bRM:

If you’d like to purchase any of the photographic Kodiak bear books or other merchandise dedicated to Munsey and Boda, please stop in at “iMAGiNETHAT!” Art Studio on July 28,29 and 30th or October 6,7 and 8th.  My art studio is #12 on the NORTHWOODS ART TOUR MAP.     http://www.northwoodsarttour.com.