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What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures

By The Siberian Times reporter
01 April 2021

Eight-year-old Kolymana lives in the world’s coldest zoo after losing her mother in the Arctic.

Kolymana pictured with her cub in Orto-Doydu Zoo in Yakutsk. Picture: Natalya Okoneshnikova/natalieokoneshnikova_

The mother bear is seen rolling in the snow with her second cub in Orto-Doydu Zoo in Yakutsk, Russia’s largest and coldest region. 

Pictures were shared by popular local photographer Natalya Okoneshnikova, who said that this was the first time she managed to snap the polar bears from such close proximity. 

‘They were hugging and playing right in front of my camera. Hopefully I managed to share the feeling of love between the mother and the cub’, she wrote. 

What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures


What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures


What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures


What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures
Kolymana pictured with her cub in Orto-Doydu Zoo in Yakutsk. Pictures: Natalya Okoneshnikova/natalieokoneshnikova_


Kolymana was four months old when she lost her mother. 

She was seen marooned all alone on a drifting ice floe in the Arctic, and after days of checking and waiting if the mother was around, the cub was rescued by the team of WWF Russia’s Bear Patrol. 

To save Kolymana from a hungry death, the patrol team nursed her for several months and later transported her to the zoo in Yakutsk where she has lived for the last eight years. 

Kolymana has given birth to two cubs, in 2017 and in 2020. 

Kolymana aged four when she was rescued by WWF's Bear Patrol. Pictures: Fedor Yakovlev

What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures


What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures


What's so funny on 1 April? Rescued polar bear seen 'laughing' with her cub in heartwarming pictures

Comments (6)

Great Siberian Times....xxx.
Ian, United Kingdom
08/04/2021 18:18
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thank you for sharing this!
Errol, Midlothian, tx usa
07/04/2021 21:01
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I wish I could have a pet polar bear. They look so gentle and fluffy white. The children would love to have a cuddly friend around the farm.
Uri Berkovitz, Kotkino Коткино
04/04/2021 15:51
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Love Is All You Need...Happy easter Kolymana and your sweetheart cub!!!

Thank you for sharing this touching article with gorgeous photo captions Siberian Times and Natalya Okoneshnikova. Huge Big Easter bear hugs to WWF Russia Bear Patrol for saving the darling tiny tot, bundle of fur from a certain death...

May the exquisite majestic little family cherish many more years of joy and love together.
Anonymous, Switzerland
02/04/2021 22:02
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Great story with beautiful pictures! Наталья талантливый фотограф
Victoria, Russia
02/04/2021 12:13
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Да, они наши любимчики тоже. Алмаз уже так вырос. Пеовый медвежонок Колыманы в зоопарке г. Санкт Петербург. Зовут ее Харчаана, что в переводе на русский означает Снегурочка. Наталье Оконешниковой спасибо за такие классные фото! Столько мимимишности
Сардана, Россия
01/04/2021 21:25
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