We’ve had over 60 watermelons donated this summer. Here are a few photos of the bears reaping the rewards. I’ll post more photos in the future too:
Summer is here so it’s watermelon season. We LOVE getting watermelons for the animals! The initial benefit is we get to pile them all on someone’s desk (it used to be Kristen and now it’s Aaron’s desk). Please drop off watermelons at the Admissions Desk or at Gate # 1.
So many of the animals seem to love watermelon:
We’ll be having Watermelon Day again this year on Friday August 2nd. We’ll get the schedule of events up as we get closer.
WHO KNEW that today was National Watermelon Day (Google it, really).
So in honor of this great day, consider bringing a watermelon to the Museum. Our old girl Ursula is taking her medicine with watermelon. Many of our critters eat watermelon. We’ll be feeding watermelons to our animals throughout the day.
Checkout some past blog posts honoring this amazing BERRY:
We Tweeted and posted that we needed watermelons for Ursula to take her medicine in. Over 30 have arrived thus far, and yesterday, the keepers must have had a little extra time as they made some art and animal enrichment out of it.
Some photos of our bears when we toss watermelons in the pool. It happens like this:
1. Bear comes over to pool and tries to get watermelon without getting in the water. Many attempts made to reach watermelon with paws. Gus in particular seems to not want to go in the water too much.
2. Give up and head into water. Use paws to stabilize watermelon enough to get a good bite. Once watermelon is secure in teeth, paddle to shore.
3. Arrive on land. Shake off. Try to make sure watermelon does not roll back into pool. Try to keep your watermelon all to yourself (If Mimi gets a watermelon, she walks away with it, at least 40 feet or more, away from the pool and away from the other bears).
4. Take big bites through rind to get to the good stuff.
5. Keep working on your melon until you have worked down to the rind.
This is Virginia in the last photo. If you look closely you can see she has more than one watermelon. She is the one who goes into the pool the easiest and quickest and sometimes gets more than one. I’ve seen Gus more than once “steal” some of Virginia’s watermelons.