Tag Archive: Kodiak Bear Cubs

Munsey and Boda will remain  separated for a few more weeks to allow Munsey’s stitches to heal.  Since the separation of the Kodiak bear cubs, I’ve observed a great deal of vocalization (best described as huffing) between Munsey and Boda.  If Boda would happen to walk to the far end of the bridge, Munsey will huff loudly in Boda’s direction and Boda will return to Munsey’s location.



When the two cubs are separated with a road in-between each habitat area the huffing is frequent and projected more loudly.  Munsey in the foreground and Boda is in the background.  While I’ve been observing the cubs behavior, it appears that the brothers  would sit facing towards each other for an hour or more.  Boda would climb to the top of the stairs and try to find a way to get onto the bridge, to get to his brother, while Munsey would begin digging as close to fencing that’s located in the direction of his brother Boda.



Last night Boda began to dig a trench in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit area and this morning Munsey continued to dig in the same area, while Boda was watching him from north side of the Hamus Bear Bridge.  I could hear Boda huffing at Munsey while he was digging a deeper trench. I wondered if Boda was giving Munsey directions from a far.




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.


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.




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.


Since  Munsey’s been feeling under the weather, I must say that Boda has defiantly demonstrated that he’s a very caring and nurturing brother!  Boda has been keeping a close eye on his brother and often spends as much time close to his brother  while Munsey’s  been resting inside.

On Tuesday morning September 5th it was a wonderful surprise to see Munsey outside exploring the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit.  He sniffed around the entire area and then sat by the south side of the habitat area gazing and vocally huffing  at Boda.   Boda  gazed and huffed responding to Munsey.  The two cubs sat looking at each other and vocalizing with each other for at least the two hours  on tuesday while I was documenting their behavior.

Here are a few photographs of Munsey and Boda playing together a few weeks ago.










The photographs above were taken on April 2017, while the video was taken in April 2016.

Munsey and Boda are endlessly entertaining, even when they’re relaxing and catching a few rays of sun after swimming in the pond.

I discovered these photographs and video’s, while creating a video from a selection of video segments that I’d taken over the past two years.

Munsey and Boda enjoying their frozen treats!



Munsey and Boda love playing on cool rainy days! It appears these two brothers are very active when the temperature drops to the 50 and 60 degree weather because life on Kodiak Island is often very cool, cloudy and wet.  The video link posted here was taken on the morning of June 2017, while the cubs were enjoying Fresh Fruit Bear Popsicle’s to help cool their core body temperature during some warm stretches of weather.



Munsey and Boda had fun visiting with zoo guest’s at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield on  August 22nd.


Munsey and Boda are buddies!  I’m sure it’s unusual for two male cubs to be as closely bonded as these two brothers.

While the brother’s can often be found wrestling with each other  (as bear’s often do ) they have demonstrated  that they are truly fond of each other and care about each other. This is often demonstrated when the cubs are napping.



At first Boda wasn’t sure what to think about a young zoo guest wearing a bear head costume.   He seemed to enjoy interacting withthe  kid in the bear costume.


The cubs had a great time playing with their toy’s in the pool located at the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit.



Of course they enjoy playing with their all time favorite toy, the fire hose!  They played with the fire hose for at least two hour’s today!


In the above photograph Munsey is on the right hand side and Boda is on the left hand side.  Boda has a broader snout, while Munsey has a narrower snout.


A gentle nudge from his brother, indicates it’s time to wake up and play!DSC_9100


Munsey likes to touch his toes in the morning, while Boda likes to stretch and see if he can strip some bark off the tree that’s located  in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat Area.


If I’m lucky  Munsey and Boda will stop by the observation window and greet me!

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Munsey and Boda now stand from head to toe at 7 feet in height and from front paws to toes they stretch 9 feet in length. Munsey’s weight is about 605 lbs. and Boda’s weight is about 620 lbs.



On the morning of June 22nd, 2017 the cubs were given a fruity ice snack after they finished their breakfast.  They really seem to enjoy their fruity ice snacks!


An unexpected rainstorm hit around 9:15 am and Munsey grabbed his fruity ice chunk and went into the pool, hoping Boda wouldn’t be able to take his snack!