Category: Wildwood Park and Zoo


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.

 

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The observation window at the JP Kodiak Bear Exhibit is offers a wonderful view of Munsey and Boda while their eating, playing and interacting with zoo guests.  It’s that time of year when many school groups are stopping in to visit the animals at Wildwood Zoo!

If you happen to see me around and want an update on the bears, please feel free to stop and me any questions.  I’m usually wearing a camera around my neck , small backpack and sometime a chart for documenting information about the bears.

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On Saturday, May 13th Munsey and Boda spent a few hours floating and playing with the metal beer keg in the pond located in the Bear Woods habitat area at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.aDSC_3487

The Kodiak bear’s seemed almost well behaved as they shared the empty beer keg.

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I often wonder if Munsey and Boda can smell the remains of the beer inside the keg.aDSC_3564

Of course  Munsey and Boda have to hug each other /wrestle each other in the water as well as on land!  On their most active days the bears will play tag and  wrestle with each other every 20 to 30 minutes. The interaction can last anywhere from 2 minutes to 10 minutes.

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Since the bears have such a heightened sense of smell, I wonder if they can identify what their brother has eaten for a meal that day?  The specific action between the two bears is considered a positive interaction.