|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.
|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 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?|
|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.