|Berlin enjoys the greenery in her garden|
|Berlin roams around the yard|
|Berlin is queen of her castle now that Nikita has left|
Berlin was very patient, and one day in mid August, she decided that the melon smelled ripe, so she picked it, and ate it all.
|Berlin has a the magnificent enclosure all to herself now|
|Berlin dives for and picks up a pear.|
|All for me, she says|
|Yummy sweet potato|
|Having a snack|
Bubba and his twin sister Aurora were born in the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City in November of 1989, and their parents were mother Chinook and father Cheechacko. When Bubba died of liver failure at the young age of 17 in August of 2007, the Lake Superior Zoo even had a "celebration of life" for this beloved icon. Berlin, however, was much happier on her own, and became more active and playful without Bubba there.
|Berlin in the Minnesota snow at the Como Zoo in St. Paul.|
(photo by Corinna Troth)
A few hours drive to the South, Berlin's uncles Neil and Buzz had some extra room in their newly rebuilt home at the Como Zoo in St. Paul, so Berlin was invited to move in. After a month's required quarantine, Berlin was introduced to Neil and Buzz, a couple of laid back twin brothers, somewhat younger than Berlin. Berlin's father Icee was older brother to Neil and Buzz.
|Berlin and her Uncle Buzz (photo by Corinna Troth)|
The reunited family got along just great. Neil and Buzz allowed Berlin to be the boss. Berlin again thought that she was in the perfect place. She had wonderful big pools in which to swim, lots of toys, and two other bears who let her be in charge. It didn't last long, however.
|Berlin in the training area at the Como Zoo. (Photo by Corinna Troth)|
Six months after the flood, Berlin was sent to Kansas City to be companion to an active, playful young male named Nikita, who was only 6 years old but had lived in Kansas City for a couple of years already, so it was his territory. He was the boss. Nikita was the star of the Kansas City Zoo. Nikita wanted Berlin to play with him, but she would have none of it. Nikita was big and bold and young and full of energy and clearly dominant. Berlin mostly avoided him.
|Berlin on patrol|
For the next few weeks after Nikita's departure, Berlin keep looking around, thinking that her arch-nemesis might not really be gone. If she came across a toy that he had played with and still smelled like Nikita, she wanted nothing to do with it. Gradually, she realized that she was gloriously alone again, and she became more active, more playful, even at her advanced age of 27.
|Berlin with a sweet potato in one paw and a blue ball in her mouth,|
can't decide if she want to eat or play
|Berlin spots a fish on the bottom of the pool|
|Caught a fish!|
|Planning next year's garden?|