8/24/2012 4:13:25 PM

Siku at 39 Weeks

Siku is now 9 months old and weighs 77 kilograms (169 pounds).

Siku is doing really well. He has become much better at diving, and now hides some of his favorite toys on the bottom of his little pond. He has an antler from a red deer down there that he just loves to dive after. We have also started throwing some of his food in the water. People love watching him jump out in the water with a big splash and then dive down and get the meat.

We've started a new thing in his training: we've started teaching him paw presentation. That is a part of what he needs to learn, so that we can check him out and handle him safely as an adult. In teaching him this we discovered that he really knows what clicker training is all about. In clicker training you teach the animal that a click means that a treat is coming, and then you use the clicker to pinpoint the exact thing that the animal did to deserve that treat. We knew that he understood the clicker, because he looks real excited when he hears it, but now it also seems that he understands that he can make us click by doing something! And he has started trying different things to find out what will make us click and give him the treat. You can just see the wheels in his head turning, trying to figure out what we want him to do.

Some of you have noticed that he has a favorite stone. And yes, it's a regular stone. Siku has always liked sucking on things, especially if it has a smooth surface. When he does, he uses that humming noise that you may have heard him doing when he was younger, and you can also see him kneading with his front paws. It looks and sounds really cute, and it's just something he does because he likes it. Why he has a fallen in love with that particular stone, we don't know, but he is having a nice time, and that is the most important thing.

You may also have noticed that he looks black on his shoulders and on the back of his head. It's actually just some entangled and constantly wet fur, and that apparently makes the fur look darker.

Siku's wish is to reduce your carbon footprint to save his wild cousins. Ready to help? Visit our Take Action! page. Photos copyright SÌüren Koch.

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