Of course she has a grand time wherever she is. When she is in the smaller habitat, she never stops having fun. She runs up and down the stairs, and finds new and exciting ways to play with all her toys. The keepers are always hiding surprises for her too, as enrichment. And she likes playing in tubs of water and ice in the smaller habitat as well. But give her the big pool, and she is an Olympic swimmer and diver.
|Here she is swimming with her favorite green horse ball that she got for her first birthday in January.
|Buckets make great swim toys, even if they are a little bit used. She looks a little like an Angel here.
She looks smaller in the water, but when she gets out, you can see how much she has grown. When Qannik was found abandoned in an oilfield in Alaska last spring, she only weighed 15 pounds. After being rescued, she lived at the Alaska Zoo for several months where she put on some pounds and made many friends, and then found a new home in Glacier Run at the Louisville Zoo in late June.
|A view of Qannik's "water park"
Because the Louisville Zoo has three polar bears that have to be
kept separate for now, and a family group of three grizzly bears,
the zoo has an ever-changing rotation schedule, so Qannik
moves around during the day. This variety of environments also
is good for the bears, so they always have something new to do.
I will write more later about Siku and his grandmother Arki, and also about how the zoo staff keeps the environment exciting for all the bears. Also, more pictures of Qannik.