Vicks is temporary back in Rotterdam ZooMay, 2013
Polar bear Vicks is back in Rotterdam Zoo for a little while. According to plan he should travel from Sweden to the Mulhouse Zoo in France, his definite destination. Due to the lag in building of the new bear enclosure in Mulhouse his journey has to be postponed.
In October 2012 Vicks was sent to the Swedish bear park in Orsa to winter. Together with a young female from Ouwehands Zoo he spent a nice time in a huge enclosure. In the meantime the vast window that Vicks had damaged with a large stone could be replaced. But the “rightful owners” of the enclosure in Orsa Park have woken up from their hibernation and claim their own enclosure.
Vicks can now be admired in his “old” enclosure in Rotterdam Zoo next to the enclosure of mum Olinka and dad Eric. Read more >
Vicks is leaving Rotterdam Zoo
Sunday October 21st is the very last day to say goodbye to Vicks.
Polar bear Vicks 1st birthday
December 6th, 2011: Vicks is 1 year old now. A playful "toddler" almost as large as his mom Olinka. Enjoy this video with impressions of his adventures in Rotterdam Zoo in his first year.
Vicks is playing with his visitors..
Polar bear cub enjoying the outside worldMarch 30th, 2011
Polar bear cub Vicks is having the time of its life in the outside exhibit. Supervised by mum Olinka the entire area is explored: running or at a gallop, clambering rocks, splashing in the big pool, rolling in the grass, playing with stones and twigs and often turning head over heels. Mum is well-pleased with it and is also visibly enjoying the fresh air after staying for over three months in the maternity den. Watch films of Vicks on our YouTubeChannel.
Polar bear cub Vicks explores the outside worldMarch 17th, 2011
Today polar bear cub Vicks from Rotterdam Zoo stepped outside for the first time. After a stay of three months in the safety of the maternity den it was high time to step outside to explore the vast outside exhibit together with mum Olinka. It is as long ago as 14 years that a polar bear cub walked around in Rotterdam: so a special event!
Polar bear cub Vicks is getting ready to meet the worldMarch 11th, 2011 Polar bear cub Vicks is growing fast. Within two week we expect her or him (the sex is not known yet) to start exploring the outside world escorted by mum Olinka. For almost three months they stayed in the dark maternity den behind the scenes. Only via the webcam visitors could and can follow the development of the cub till the moment it will step outside. So far more than 420.000 times fans from all over the world from Rotterdam to Iceland, Australia and Cameroon watched the Polar bear cub Vicks webcams ..
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Polar bear cub born in Rotterdam Zoo!06-12-2010
Rotterdam Zoo is quite sure now: polar bear Olinka has a young. On the images of the webcam that has been installed in the maternity den every now and then a tiny white tot can be seen. We think that the cub has been born on Monday night, December 6th about 19.45 hrs. Cubs are born small and helpless. Their size is roughly that of a hamster. They are being fed through the mammal gland in the female’s armpit.. Read the article and watch the birth-film>>
Vicks ‘adopts’ Rotterdam Zoo's polar bear cubs26-01-2011 The polar bear cub that was born on December 6th 2010 has been ‘adopted’ by Vicks. The young one parented by polar bear mum Olinka and dad Eric will not be aware of the fact that from now on she will be referred to as ‘polar bear Vicks’. Of course it will be cared for and housed as always, but part of the cooperation is that the sponsor is allowed to link its name to the cub. Vicks also contributes to the care of the polar bear cub and a united campagne will be run in which the polar bear webcam plays an important part. In zoos and also in Rotterdam Zoo it is not new to name animals after sponsors’ products. Read more>>