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A Gentle Giant


If you look at the above close up you’d probably never guess that this gentle giant can be so vicious & fatal! This series of images were taken at the Polar Bear exhibit at the San Diego zoo back in November. It’s a very interactive exhibit for children, there is a playground as soon as you enter that will let them feel as if they are in the arctic. There is also a life size bear statue that they can compare their size to; and that will always a draw the kids & adults in πŸ™‚ They can also weigh themselves on a scale that shows their weight compared to a bear’s life cycle; most humans don’t weigh more than a 4months bear (thats what I can recall)!! It was really hard to tak pictures of the bear as he was right against the window and everyone was just crowding the area, luckily I managed to get up on on some stool and snap the one above. Shortly after he got out of the water and starting playing with his toy.

Now we all got excited and thought that he/she was eating some kind of red meat; the object clearly has some reddish pink in it. But then someone from the crowd pointed out that its the zoo, they don’t let the animals eat at their will; there is a feeding schedule!

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16 responses

  1. These photos are just stunning!

    February 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • Thank you for you kind words… I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

      February 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  2. Great shots…I love that first one.

    February 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

  3. Love the photo’s, that polar bear is too cool! πŸ™‚

    February 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

  4. Such a sweet face!!!!! πŸ™‚ **

    February 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  5. BoJo Photo

    Killer shots! πŸ™‚ It is hard to believe how aggressive they are by looking at them. I love the top one!

    February 14, 2012 at 5:06 am

  6. Love that first image. What a great photo. πŸ™‚

    February 14, 2012 at 5:09 am

  7. Thanks a lot everyone… I really appreciate the feedback πŸ™‚

    February 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

  8. That’s a great close-up shot in the first photo. Well captured.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    • I just couldn’t believe how close he came to the window and the 70-200 did the rest of the magic πŸ™‚

      February 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      • If you didn’t mention that he was on show, one would wonder how you got so close to this ‘gentle giant’. Thanks again.

        February 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  9. holy wow, that first photo is so beautiful. In that last one, it looks like he’s eating a CARROT? Everyone’s getting health-conscious these days huh? πŸ™‚

    February 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  10. Great photos! I’ve always wanted to see these giant bears in the wild.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:26 am

  11. Love bears, but still rather see them on a photograph than in reality :/
    Great work!!

    February 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    • Thank you for your kind words, much appreciated πŸ™‚

      February 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  12. Too bad these gentle yet fatal creatures can’t eat when they really want to … Still, I have faith in the caretakers. πŸ™‚

    March 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm