Wednesday 21 February 2018

Bears Nellie and Loki in pedalo jam

Nellie with cub Loki on a pedalo covered in their favourite treats including strawberry jam and grapes
Nellie with cub Loki on a pedalo covered in their favourite treats including strawberry jam and grapes
Seven-month-old Loki enjoys himself on a pedalo covered in his favourite treats

Two bears could hardly believe their luck after they were given a pedalo smeared with their favourite jam and grapes to keep them entertained

European brown bear Nellie and seven-month-old son Loki soon forgot about the food as they splashed around onboard in an apparent attempt to learn to sail.

The bears got the pedalo to help stimulate them and keep them active at their home in Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling.

Keeper Nicola McCleery daubed jam on the vessel and hid grapes inside.

"We are always thinking up different types of enrichment we can give them. It makes feeding a bit more of a challenge and gives them mental stimulation and physical stimulation."

The bears' keepers have also put food in a shaker for the animals, chopped it into tiny pieces to make it harder to find, and given them piles of wood shavings scented with essential oils.

Their favourite treat is elephant dung.

Ms McCleery said: "They love it for some reason. They roll around in it and absolutely stink for the rest of the day."

Nellie came to the park nearly two years ago and gave birth to Loki in January, named after the Norse god of mischief because he displayed naughty characteristics.

"It was quite suited to him, he is always in some kind of trouble," Ms McCleery said.

Press Association

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