|Neva, Nuniq and mother Aurora in the rain,|
one week before the departure of Nuniq
|Neva looks for fish, and Nuniq floats|
|Mother Aurora sits in the rock, while Neva and Nunuq play in the rain.|
|Neva on the left, Nuniq in the middle, Mother Aurora on the right|
Now just a week later, Nuniq has already left for his new home in the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison Wisconsin, where he will join older lady bear Berit, who moved there a few years ago from the Cincinnati Zoo.
|Cubs at play|
Nuniq is too young for breeding just yet. Berit is only distantly related. Her great grandfather is Clark, who is great great grandfather to Nuniq.
|Neva (I think) looking for fish|
|Aurora, left, with Neva and Nuniq|
Nuniq's sister Neva and cousin Amelia Gray will be leaving the Columbus Zoo shortly for the Maryland Zoo. Current resident of the Maryland Zoo, Anoki, will be moving to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY, next Tuesday. This is the zoo where Anoki was born 23 years ago, and where her mother Aurora recently died. It currently has no polar bears.
|Neva goes fishing.|
Columbus is the rare zoo with live fish as enrichment for the polar bears.
Visiting polar bears during a very rainy day is usually not much fun, but we rode the shuttle from the entry right to the polar bears. The Columbus Zoo polar bear enclosure provides a roof for the viewing area, with an indoor stairway down to the underwater viewing, so it was actually a great day to visit.
|The twins above the underwater viewing window|
|Aurora gets some petting from Debbie|
The rain didn't bother the bears at all. In fact they were very active and playful, and Neva was very much on the prowl for fishies. At one point, she was on the rocks, watching for fish, and a big clap of thunder spooked her. She ran away, but soon came back.
|A good crowd took advantage of the shelter in the viewing area|
|Nuniq likes to cling to the window, and jump up and down.|
Here he surprises Neva behind him.
|Neva and Nuniq|
|Neva plays submarine, looking for fish|
|Still looking for unwary fish. The rain makes the fish more active.|
|Neva's favorite past time. Fishing.|
|Neva gives a kiss to her brother|
|Neva and Nuniq. They are both shaggier than their mother, |
rather like their late father, Nanuq.
|It was a treat to see the bears in action during a heavy rain.|
Here we have Nuniq and Neva.
|Neva and Nuniq|
|Neva drips water, in between spying on the trout.|
|Neva soaking wet|
|Nuniq surrounded by raindrops|
|Neva fishing, Nuniq just playing|
|Aurora on the rock, Nuniq at the window. Neva in between|
|Nuniq has special glowing brown eyes. He really does.|
|Cubs playing above the underwater viewing. |
The visitors stayed nice and dry as a storm raged outside.
|All three bears, mom and cubs, underwater view|
|The bears are much more active in the rain.|
|The family, all together, before the cubs' departure|
|Nuniq, Neva, Aurora|
|A family portrait. Aurora is in front, Neva back left, Nuniq is back right.|
|Nuniq cleans the window|