Dienstag, 6. April 2010

Kondensmilch ist das Geheimnis....Condensated Milk Is the Secret...Part1.

This too belongs to Russia and the Arctic....Please find here a series of historical photos which are utterly amazing and show a different side of the topic. First I found long ago just one or two photos like the ones above while googling images. I was never able to put my hands on a source and so I did not post them. Some months ago I had a lucky strain and stumbled on an article with even more photos posted...Just enjoy...

Polar bears being fed condensed milk. Russia, photographer & year unknown. Found here (15.12.2009) and here.

"At the very eastern part of Russia, where lands of the USA and the Russian Federation nearly adjoining each other and only small neck splits these two spacious countries, there are Chukotka peninsula and the Chukotka autonomous district situated.

The place isn’t so populated and we cannot say for sure what kind of inhabitants it has more, people or white bears. It is the same thing as in New York city, we can’t say what it has more – tourists or yellow cabs. The most densely populated city of the region and its capital as well is Anadyr with 11,000 of citizens according to 2002 population census. But just imagine yourself how many residents the city and the region altogether had 50 or 60 years ago when the colonization of the region just began.

The climate is very severe and sometimes weather can be so fierce in winter that the temperature falls 40C degrees below zero (it is the same by Fahrenheit, -40F) so that poor white bears and their children start starving and freezing though they aren’t supposed to freeze with such a jacket of their.

And where do you think they would search for help? Yeah, you are absolutely right, they will go to their next-door neighbors looking for help of any kind. But a man always was just a slab of meat, toy and bait for such a leviathan as white bear.

And beliefs aren’t always so true-to-life. Or may be it is the climate and the Russians with their spirit are responsible for?

People didn’t turn their backs on the poor and starving animals and started to feed them every now and then. Of course you do not have such big amounts of meat at home to feed several white bears. And people decided to feed the bears up with what they had in abundance – tins, or to be more exact, condensed milk.From the immemorial and so far, the usual condensed milk tin looked like that one on the picture. At first people who were striving to help bears opened such a tin with a tin-opener and then gave the can to the she-bear who licked all the milk from tin and then feed her little bears with it.

P.S. And meanwhile Russian chipmunks prefer port wine to condensed milk..."
Text source and photos: Socializing with bears , Giving Food to Polar Bears (Dec 2009) and one photo here

There will be a second part coming as I have found more, unfortunately I have deleted the draft accidentally so it will come not immediately as I have to gather all pieces back together first...


Betsy hat gesagt…

Truly amazing! I can't wait to see more!! These photos are mindblowing!

Diane hat gesagt…

Makes me think of the stories I write, where according to the 'Treaty of Doubtful', people and bears have agreed to live side by side. Of course, that's fiction ...

Unknown hat gesagt…

These are marvellous and gentle pictures! It is nice to see this other side of Polar bears.

Do you know the ebautiful video of the polar bears and the dogs? It is also heartwarming to see the trust and the friendship between the various animals:

However, I am afraid that the bears are not always reliable, and caution is certainly necessary.

lg Pim

Hannah Velten hat gesagt…

Amazing photos...amazing relationship between bears and humans - condensed milk must be the sweetest treat ever!

Simba hat gesagt…

Thank you for your comments, yes, it seems that condensed milk is something special, I would never have expected this kind of photos showing that kind of realtionship between humans and bears.

I would still love to find out more about the origin of that idea to feed them instead of kill them as it was usual common practice in soviet polar stations whenever bears approached the settlements.

Should someone know more, I would be grateful to hear it!

Pim, thank you for mentioning the relationship between polar bears and dogs, I have been fascinated ever since I saw photos for the first time. In the posting about photographer Norbert Rosing you will find a link and some photos, I have posted more but I don't find it now...

And Hannah, so nice to read you here too!!!


Simba hat gesagt…

Bei Hartmuth im Forum ist das Posting ebenfalls eingestellt und von Brit dankenswerterweise auf Deutsch übersetzt worden,hier kann es nachgelesen werden


An Brit hier an dieser Stelle ein herzliches Dane schön für die Mühe!