|Bo plays with his ball behind the scenes
Crystal's seventh cub Bo was born on December 9, 2018, and spent the first few months with his mom in the small dark den behind the scenes at Arctic Edge in the Toledo Zoo, drinking lots of milk, growing at an amazing rate, getting strong.
|Bo is a very playful 8 months old now.
|Bo loves his toys
When he was old enough to come out to play, still hidden from the public, his mom Crystal could teach him to swim in an adjustable shallow pool in a large area behind the regular enclosure out front, where dad Marty entertained the visitors.
|Sometimes his keepers smear food on Bo's Jolly Ball
This spacious room with no roof was his home until he made his public debut in May. There is also a hall with "bedrooms" for the bears leading off the grand courtyard like area.
|Bo and his Mom Crystal.
|Bo thinks he has caught a fish
|Bo checks the fish out.
|Bo is proud that he "caught" one!
|Bo and his ball
|Bo likes to toss things into the pool
|Toys of all shapes and sizes
Bo also had part of a big blue barrel to play with, and a plastic spool just like the one I remember watching his big sister Hope push around on the ice.
A few years ago I took the behind the scenes tour at the Arctic Edge, when twins Suka and Sakari were little. They had a great time playing with the fish too. On that tour, attended by a great many more people, we were shown the water tanks where the salt water is processed, a food area with a freezer to make frozen treats for the the bears, as well as a veterinary area.
I appreciate that the Toledo Zoo offers this behind the scenes tour. I am always interested in seeing the bears in a different environment and being able to ask questions.
|Crystal standing, and Bo racing
|Looking for more fish?