Tag Archive: Kodiak Bears


 

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On (9/18/2018) Munsey’s weight is 755pounds and Boda’s weight is 893 pounds.  This photograph was taken on 10/18/2018.  Today is the three year anniversary of Munsey and Boda’s arrival at Marshfield’s Wildwood Zoo for three years.

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The photograph above was taken on 11/1/2015,  Munsey and Boda were about 120 to 125 pounds.

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In 2015 the JP Kodiak Bear Exhibit looked like the photograph above and the cubs were markedly smaller than then the tree’s in the habitat area.

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Today, new tree’s have been placed in the JP Kodiak Bear Exhibit and when Munsey and Boda had the opportunity to explore the tree’s, they quickly began to demonstrate their branch management skills throughout the afternoon.

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The photograph above was taken of Boda in October 2015. The photograph below was taken on 10/18/2018.

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Munsey and Boda never disappoint, when it comes to being interactive and sometimes even a little death-defying in regards to their behavior with each other and/or as individual characteristics.

Sometimes they’ll appear to be hugging each other and truly seem at peace with each other and the next minute they’ve into a full force wrestling match!

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Munsey loves to play and toss his collection of field stones whenever given the opportunity. I’ve documented him tossing his stones for 30 minute periods of time, multiple times throughout the day.

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When Munsey was finished with tossing field stones he decided to climb about 25 feet up a tree to retrieve some tender leaves and branches.

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As much as I enjoy photographing Munsey and Boda climbing up a tree, I really wish they’d stop climbing trees!  Munsey is about 840 lbs. and Boda is 860 lbs. on 8/29/2018. The boys an about 3 1/2 years old at this time.

 

My next book titled ” Swamp Stories” is in the process of being printed at this time and will be available at iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio during the Northwoods Art Tour scheduled for October 5-6-7 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. My studio is listed as Number #14, located just a mile north of Lakland Airport on Lake Bayer road. To learn more about the Northwoods Art tour go to the following link.    http://www.northhwoodsarttour.com

A selection of my limited edition Kodiak Bear-themed art cards and photographs can be purchased this at the iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio on  July 27-28 -29th from 10:00am- 5:00pm, listed as #14 in the Northwoods Art Tour Guide.
At this time I’m not set up to take credit cards but welcome cash and checks.
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I will have my limited edition greeting cards, art journals and a selection of hand-pulled original Intaglio prints and collages for sale this weekend.

I’ll also be selling a limited edition of my collection of Kodiak Bear books, greeting cards,  lined journals, and coasters.

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At this time I’m not set up to take credit cards but welcome cash and checks.

20171106_194826  The Kodiak Bear Books offer photographs and information about the growth and development of Munsey and Boda!

 

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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.

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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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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I’m not sure where the time has gone but Munsey and Boda are 3 years old today!

aaDSC_3869 2016-01-6(Above)  Munsey and Boda 1/2016  – The weight of Boda is about 192 lbs. and Munsey is about 185 lbs.

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.

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(Photograph above) Munsey taking a sniff of the yummy stuff packed into the ice globes.

Munsey and Boda has a grand time chomping down on their frozen fruit globes filled with strawberries, banana’s, raspberries, peanut-butter, coconut, apple slices and a drizzle of honey!

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I’m constantly amazed at the size and strength of the bears jaws!  The smaller ice globes had at least an inch of ice shell with the fruit snacks packed into the center of the globes and the cubs bite, cracked the shell open without any struggles.

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The small ice globes were made from 12 inch balloons and the larger ice globes were made from punch-balls filled with water and cracked open and stuffed with healthy bear snacks.

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