Donnerstag, 8. April 2010

Kondensmilch ist das Geheimnis....Condensated Milk Is the Secret...Part2.

Here comes the promised second part about polar bears and their liking for condensed milk...You will be surprised, this time the photos are from nowadays and the setting is very different... I found these photos in an article about Russian Nuclear Icebreakers, on one of them was journalist Svetlana Bogdanovitch and her account will lead you through an

"Odyssey in the Arctic with Russian Icebreaker Fleet"

Her photos taken on board of icebreaker "Vaigach" show what it "means to follow along the caravan of ships in the northern seas, led by a colossal nuclear-powered vessel."
"The nuclear-powered icebreakers served as a symbol of Soviet technological power for many decades. Today this fleet is used to aid ship navigation in the seas north of Siberia - and for elite tourism, which helps to pay the bills.

The most powerful of all icebreakers "50 years of Victory" (one of six "Arktika" class) has two nuclear reactors and is capable of reaching North Pole in a couple of days", starting from Murmansk. However, we will not stick to the icebreakers but will go straight to the bears. As their traces can be found on such an odyssey too...
By night....
And by day....
"Polar bears lead a pretty eventful life: from their "romantic" courtship...... to the intense family quarrels...
However,......if they spot a passing ship.......they will drop everythingAnd try to get closer...... knowing exactly what they want.Bears just wanna have milk...!
They try to stretch their meal: one can will keep a bear occupied for up to 3 hours. After they lick the can clean, they start to chew on it, like some sort of chewing gum - to get that last whiff of flavor.
Finally... Sleeping with a full tummy...By the way, it is the same brand of milk which was fed to the bears decades ago, the one with the blue label...

"It’s a can of so-called “condensed milk“, a viscous white substance made by dehydrating milk and mixing it with sugar. Condensed milk is popular here in Russia (slightly less popular nowadays with the fall of SU, but still well-known). It’s extremely tasty and has a variety of uses: you can eat it as it is or make sandwiches with it like you do with jam, you can add it to coffee or tea and to various foods (pearl barley porridge, for one). Also you can boil the can of condensed milk for five minutes or so, and it turns dark-brown, changes it’s taste and becomes more paste-like - absolutely delicious, too.
Apparently, bears like it just as much as humans do."

Amazing too: the bears seem to have some knowledge about how to open the cans and to leave them empty without swallowing them. At least in the article's comments you can find some reassuring replies as reaction to some readers who thought the bears to be in danger by some silly and unthoughtful feeding...

Interesting too: while checking out various material about North Pole Cruising I did not find a single indication about bears being fed likewise... Seems to me that just a few people know about that old tradition!

But let me ask one question: How come that the Russians have started to feed the polar bears with condensed milk in such a carefree way as they have usually been considered as a danger to polar stations and were killed as soon as they approached settlements? (see here although it is not about Chukotka)

I'd just like to find out...

Main source:
-Russian Nuclear Icebreakers to the North Pole/March 2008
-Russian Atomic Icebreakers/article using the same source 31.03.2008


Related posting:
Kondensmilch ist das Geheimnis...Condensed Milk is the Secret Part 1

Photo credits:
Svetlana Bogdanovitch, some additional photos I found in an album under the name of HEYRO which I believe are also taken by Svetlana Bogdanovitch as this link opened after clicking her name in the article. Beside the albums " Polar bears & other animals" and "Icebreakers" -including the photos from the article-, you can find a couple of other interesting sets. More about the Northern Sea Route you can find here in English - mehr zur Nordostpassage hier.


Anonym hat gesagt… pictures for the ad campaign: "got milk?"

Danke. knuti-judi

Simba hat gesagt…

Ich habe erst jetzt gesehen, dass das Posting in Hartmuths Forum auch durch Brit ins Deutsche übersetzt wurde. Hier auf dieser Seite kann es nachgelesen werden

Vielen Dank, Brit, wenn auch etwas spät.