It’s incredible how much fun you can have with a big inflatable orange ball.
European brown bear Loki couldn’t leave this buoy alone after opening it at the safari park where he lives in Scotland.
His first birthday also saw him opening Elephant poop, fruit, and cake to help him enjoy the day.
Loki had a great time sniffing and breaking the staffers’ boxes filled with his favorite treats and nutrients.
The cub was helped open presents by his eight-year-old mother, Nellie, and ate a number-one fruit cake and decorated with dog biscuits, Loki’s favorite snack.
The one-year-old, born at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, was especially pictured with a float he found in one of the boxes wrapped in happy-birthday paper by staff.
He threw the orange ball around his enclosure until it broke, and when he explored inside, he tried to get his head inside.
Loki’s head keeper Vicky Kydd said: ‘We filled large cardboard boxes with lots of his favorite enrichment materials and processed pieces including pine shavings, elephant dung, balls, and old tires.
‘The bears love to roll around in piles of manure and wood shavings, and it helps them groom and preserve their coats, especially in winter.
‘We also filled the enrichment balls with his favorite treats, and Loki had a great time opening his presents.
‘I think Nellie got a little jealous as they are also her favorites, so she was right there helping Loki open the boxes, and I think she stole a few presents. ”
Loki was named after the Norse god of mischief and weighed just 1kg when he was born last year. He currently weighs about 100kg and can continue to grow up to 450kg, around 7st, and lives about 30 years.
His father, Bull, moved to Olmense Zoo in Belgium earlier this year, as the bears come together only to breed, and the male plays no role in raising the cubs.
Blair Drummond’s manager, Gary Gilmour, said the party would help the bears prepare for hibernation.
‘Although the bears are now less active and are eating less food, both Loki and momma Nellie make short work of the cake. Honey, nuts, and dog biscuits cake are a perfect treat and good for healthy growth, creating a nice thick coat and fat storage in winter.
‘Loki will lose excess fat in the spring. He is very playful and an absolute joy to watch in his enclosure. ‘
Blair Drummond is closed for the winter and reopens in March.