Polar Bear

Call me a hypocrite, and I’ll agree with you. I generally avoid zoos on principle but, as an adult, have bent my own rules to visit  two: first was the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, with the visit motivated by the chance to catch a glimpse of  giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian.

Polar Bear 3530 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

Yesterday, I added Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo to the list, fascinated by the opportunity to see polar bears from an underwater viewing tunnel. The property’s Journey to Churchill exhibit opened in July 2014 and, if not for the need to catch a plane back to Vancouver, I could have spent hours in the tunnel.

The deep thud of a bear’s massive paw on glass just inches above one’s head, along with the visions of a pair at play, reinforced a desire to travel north to see polar bears in their own environment, and that environment itself.

Polar Bear Paw 8761 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

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4 thoughts on “Polar Bear

  1. Stunning photos. And I completely agree – I hate zoos, but visited a zoo/wildlife sanctuary in Borneo to see the Orangutans. Sometimes you have to break your own rules. Great post 🙂

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    1. Thank you on both counts, and agreed. While the Smithzonian zoo is incredible, there’s a conflict in such visits – inherent inappropriateness, tempered by a sense of gratitude for the otherwise unlikely opportunity to see certain creatures.

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