|Young Kulu leads his mom Aurora
Sometimes Kulu likes to play close to his mom.
Kulu is pretty independent, so his mother can nap and watch him from a distance while he plays. He runs over to touch base with her every once in awhile.
But now Kulu has his playful Aunt Anana to spend time with, and these two love to play. Anana knows how to deal with a cub, as she is mother to Amelia Gray, now almost five years old and living in Maryland with Aurora's daughter Neva of the same age. Aurora is also mother to Nora, almost six years old and living in the Oregon Zoo, and Neva's twin Nuniq, living in Kansas City.
|Mother Aurora and Kulu on shore,
while Anana stations herself in the prime spot for
the Keeper Talk/ Snack Time.
|Mother Aurora and Kulu wait on shore for the coming snacks.
Soon Kulu jumped in to get what he could, but Aurora stayed on shore. Anana seems to be in charge of the snacks. The keepers always throw treats to Aurora on shore, since she refuses to go into the water. They got some fish, sweet potatoes and lettuce.
|Kulu asks Mom to jump in. Mom stays put.
|Kulu knows to get the best snacks,
he should swim up to the viewing window.
Aurora and Anana's late grandmother Arki was particularly fond of lettuce.
|Enough lettuce for all!
|A little water fight between Aunt Anana and Kulu
|Kiss and make up. Kulu is on the right. The reflections at the viewing window make photography a challenge sometimes.
|Aurora still on shore. Kulu and Anana ask her to come in to play.
|Lettuce or toy? Kulu wants both.
|Anana and Kulu at the window
|Kulu goes off to play by himself. He likes this ball.
|Kulu stalks the ball, ready to pounce.
|And he pounces. It is a natural behavior necessary
for hunting seals in the wild.
|While her sister Anana takes a nap, and her son Kulu plays on his own, Mother Aurora enjoys some peace and quiet in the shade. Note the dark spot on her paw, so keepers can tell the sisters apart.