Saturday, June 15, 2019

Little Imaq is a Rock and Roll girl

Mother Lynn has much to put up with from her active little daughter Imaq

Just one week ago, I was given a great treat. A friend had arranged for me to visit Lynn and her 6 month old daughter Imaq behind the scenes in Copenhagen Zoo. It was exciting to meet her close up, and give her a little snack of some fennel, her mother's favorite.

I was lucky enough to meet Miss Imaq up close
Later in the week, Imaq and her mom moved to the new big grassy enclosure of the Arctic Ring, the large new area which opened in 2013. However,  I saw them in the old rocky bear habitat, a perfect playground for a fun loving cub like Imaq and a good place to get action photos of this sassy little girl.

Last Monday, Imaq was presented with this new toy.
She had quite a good time with it.
 Here I present the Rock and Roll side of Imaq. She is such a little acrobat, always twisting and turning, wrestling, rocking and rolling about the old enclosure. She was presented with a new tube toy, and made the most of it.

Playing with mom, giving her a big bite.

Imaq's favorite toy is her mom Lynn. Imaq loves to tussle with mom, biting and climbing all over her. Lynn doesn't seem to mind, for it is all a part of cub training.

Imaq gives Mother Lynn a love bite on the nose.
 Imaq was born on December 1, 2018. She was given a name which in Greenlandic means ice on land, a name meant to inspire conversations about climate change.  A twin was born at the same time, but did not live long. 

Imaq on the prowl for trouble

Imaq is quite flexible, always stretching her toes.

Balancing act. Imaq teeters on the edge, just for fun.

Rolling, curling up into a ball

Mother Lynn has to put up with so much with a crazy little daughter like Imaq

Mother Lynn gives back a little playfulness

Imaq loves the big round boulders of the old enclosure,
 perfect for rolling upon

Imaq is ready to jump into the water at any moment

Rocking and Rolling

Rolling and rocking

Rolling the new toy towards the water

Her old little water tube is fun to roll too

Feet in the air. 

Mother Lynn was born in 2011 in Owehands Zoo in the Netherlands, along with her twin brother Luka, who now lives in Wuppertal. Their parents are Huggies and Victor. 

Lynn lived in Vienna for awhile, but came to Copenhagen in 2018, where a big male named Nord was living with another female named Noel. There were just a couple of matings, but that resulted in Imaq.

Father Nord, a Russian bear, is now living in Aalborg Denmark, so there will be a more relaxed atmosphere and more room for the cub in Copenhagen.

Are you watching me roll?

Having fun

Head over heels

Morning exercises. Stretch!

While Lynn and the cub occupy the big green area of the Arctic Ring at the Copenhagen Zoo, the other female, Noel, will be happy to spend time in the old rocky enclosure, which she seems to prefer anyway.

Noel in the old enclosure, in an old photo from 2013.
She is now back among the rocks.

Count my toes!

Coming soon, I will tell about my up close - behind the scenes - visit with Lynn and naughty little Imaq.


  1. Dear Molly! What a wonderful report from Copenhagen! Imaq sure is a sassy bear. :-) I'm so glad she can now stay in the new enclosure. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me and many others! I love 'real reports'! Hugs from Mervi

  2. Molly Thank you for such a wonderful report about Lynn and Imaq. I must now try and do mine!