4/20/2012 6:09:06 PM
Siku at 21 Weeks
Siku is now 26 kg (57 pounds) and his tongue is slowly getting dark starting with small dots. He is still mainly getting milk and dog food. But during his last training session, he started eating meat and bone marrow. He loves the bone marrow He is now able to stand on his hind legs without support. He sometimes goes for a swim, but it's still not that often.
We are slowly increasing his time playing outside, so that he is ready for the park opening. He can play for about one or two hours at a stretch and then he needs a nap. We have started staying with him so he takes his nap outside, again to be ready for the park opening.
Siku's training sessions are going well. He has learned to step on a scale and sit down. He can also lie down on command and stand on his hind legs.
As part of his enrichment, we have tried putting scents on some of his favorite toys to challenge his incredible sense of smell. Garlic oil was really interesting, and we tried a very small amount of peanut butter, which he loved. We will be coming up with a lot of other interesting scents so he has new things to explore.
The biggest news, though, is that all of us caregivers have moved outside of the fence. This is a step in the process of teaching Siku how to be independent, and he is doing really well with it!
JoAnne Simerson, a polar bear behavior expert and PBI advisor, visited us last week and is helping us teach Siku the skills he needs so that he will grow up to be a normal polar bear in Skandinavisk Dyrepark. A part of the process is showing Siku that we are still there to support him, even though there is a fence between us. He is doing really well with it, and he is very good at playing on his own. That's why you see us on the other side of the fence on the Siku Cam.
This is update is by Janne, one of Siku's caregivers. Siku's wish is to reduce your carbon footprint to help save his wild cousins. You can watch him on the Siku Cam daily at polarbearcam.com and explore.org. Ready to help? Visit our Take Action! page. Photo copyright SÌüren Koch.