By MARY MCCONNELL
Playtime: Milak gets his head stuck in a plastic tube
Adorable polar bear cub Milak has been amusing visitors as he gets his head stuck in a plastic tube.
The young bear played with toys he was given, including a golden egg and a plastic ball, as combined birthday and Christmas presents at his enclosure in Aalborg Zoo in Denmark.
Zookeeper Sussi Kober said: 'Milak got a new ball as a gift for his birthday on December 7 from some of his fans in Holland.'
Stuck in a hole: Milak can't get this tube off his head
'Actually the egg was a gift for all the polar bears, but Milak is extremely fond of the egg and considers it to be his own special 'golden egg', added Sussi. 'His mum Victoria sometimes puts her paw on it, but Milak doesn't like that! He gets the egg back and starts to show off what he's able to do with it.
'He used to try and catch a white plastic container by putting a tube on his head and diving at it, but now the golden egg is the target for his fun. He is a real artist.' But Milak is not the only bear to pictured playing up to the cameras. Earlier this year fellow cub Augo was seen getting his head stuck in a bucket - just like Winnie the Pooh.
Having a splashing time: Milak plays in the water with his toys
Having fun: Milak throws his golden egg in the air at Aalborg Zoo
Augo has also been seen giving his mother Malik a bit of tender loving care by throwing his arms around her in a loving embrace.
Meanwhile British photographer Oliver Smart has been capturing some tender scenes from polar bears in the wild in temperatures as low as 20 degrees below freezing.
Bear hug: This polar bear cub gives his sister a tender hug
The bear was seen giving his sister a hug following a play fight off Barter Island, in Alaska.
Oliver, from Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, said: 'This pair were hilarious because they were squabbling constantly like siblings do and it was very funny. There was no malice, young polar bears just constantly like to wrestle and play in the snow.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
By MARY MCCONNELL