|Ilka, cub and seaweed|
|Ilka and her brother Nuuk|
|Ilka's brother Nuuk/Nordman, who died one year before|
|Ilka and her twins|
Ilka and Nuuk came to Skandinavisk Dyrepark as it was just opening in at the end of 2006.
|Ilka with Nanu and Nuno, waiting for feeding time|
Nuuk/Nordman found a pal in the other young male bear, Nanook, who was mate to Ilka and father of her cubs. Nuuk died one year before Ilka, during the winter of 2018/19.
Over the years, Ilka had given birth to cubs, but had trouble producing milk and no cubs survived. When Siku was born November 22, 2011, the park director stepped in and took over the care of the tiny cub, since Ilka again was not producing milk. Siku was raised by hand, with many photos and videos posted. You could watch him on webcam too, as he grew up. Danish Siku became an internet sensation. He still lives in the park.
|Baby Siku, raised by hand, would suckle on pieces of wood|
A new treatment for milk production was given to Ilka when she gave birth to Nuno and Nanu a year later, and she was able to raise the twins with no problem. When they were old enough and big enough, Siku (who was only a year older) was brought in as a playmate for the twins, and the family got along very well.
|In 2014 - Siku, Nuno and Nanu playing together|
|The beautiful Ilka|
|Feeding time. Ilka and the cubs would line up and wait.|
Siku is still there, as well as Nuno, the girl, who remains at Skandinavisk Dyrepark. Her twin Nanu, who spent some time with older bear Felix in Leuwaarden, the Netherlands, is now in Parc Zoo du Reynou, France, with another young male bear.
|Ilka and her daughter Nuno|
|Ilka and Nanu, waiting for food|
|Ilka and Nuno|
|Nuno, Ilka and Nanu at feeding time|
Ilka was 26 years old. She was a lovely bear, a good mother.
|Ilka and her twins in 2014|
|Mother Ilka with Nanu and Nuno|