Chug! Chug! Chug!

Writer Melissa D. over at the Today is asking “What Makes something Cute Anyway?” Melissa, just study our 48 Rules of Cuteness and they tell all.

Meanwhile, there is some new Polar Bear action going on over in the Scandinavian Wildlife Park. Meet Siku, the milk-chugging polar passer-outer:


  1. BELLEH!

  2. Poor baby! He needs a kiss.

  3. I thought the same thing Theresa!

  4. It wasn’t so much a thought as a splosion. 8O

  5. Fird Birfle says:

    “BEEEEEP!!!” :)

  6. “Siku is now 32 days old…Siku weighs 3200 g…For more about Siku, visit our home page…”

    Rosetta Stone FTW!

  7. kibblenibble says:

    The leetle sleeping sounds!! Adorabuhls.

  8. omg the wimperingks keeled me ded. want!!!!

  9. Talk about yer honk-shu!

    I’ve been following Siku’s progress on ZooBorns. He’s beyond adorable.

  10. Flutterby says:

    Awwwww bebeh polar bear…..chugs his meelks, then piddles all over his caretaker… LOL. He even sounds like a hooman bebeh while he’s falling asleep !!

  11. Mary (the first) says:

    Didn’t we meet Siku here already? I know I met him somewhere. He’s still adorable!

  12. He seems to leak a bit! :-) Who would have known that polar bears aren’t watertight…

  13. I’m Polish, and in Polish, “siku” means, well, “pee”, more or less :)

  14. Fird Birfle says:


  15. LOL :D

  16. ROFL Exactly!

  17. It’s not hard to figure out what he was dreaming about. :) So cute!!

  18. What? What ees he dreaming about????????

  19. A bridge by a fountain where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies…..either that or more meelks! :-)

  20. . . . brought by unicorns.

  21. YAY! WIN.


  23. Another Bill Cosby fan. ^_^

  24. baileysgrandmom says:

    Meanwhile, over at “Sweet Guys of C.O.” we now have our Scandinavian entry. And so glad to see he was picked especially for us more “mature” ladies!

  25. Oh, he is a sweet guy, alright!

  26. cellarmouse says:

    so true…he’s as sincerely “wanting to help” as my dad and my sweetie (ok, i know it’s wrong to gloat – just statin’ facts – don’t hate me cause i was lucky); but it’s totally clear that females are better evolved than males to nurture teeny-tinies…

    for heaven’s sake, cradle him, let him suckle after tthe milk is gone, enjoy his wee, warm pipi, and snuggle him to sleep…otherwise he’ll grow into a great, big polar bear that can rip your arm off…oh yeah…thanks guys…

    otherwise he may grow up to be abig tough polar bear that can rip your arm off…

    ohhh… necer mind

  27. cellarmouse says:

    man it’s hard to self-edit…(draw a line thru the last two lines)…

  28. Andi from NC says:


  29. I dunno..I’m a somewhat younger lady and even I can appreciate this fella. Although, you hand any man a baby polar bear with an empty chubby belly to fill up and it’ll up his sex appeal at least 50%.

  30. Fird Birfle says:

    very true, jmurgs :)

  31. Red Toenails says:

    night, night siku!

  32. The belleh! And the tiny honk-shus at the end!! I am in lurv.

  33. Tubby bebeh belleh and TONGUE on my…off to volunteer at the zoo to see if I can get to play with bebeh animules

  34. Kallisto73 says:

    One word: paws

  35. I am lovin’ the paws. They’re so HUGE.

  36. Cracks me up — the insta wee wee as he tops off his meelks tank with slurpage.

  37. “What is cute?” Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said “I know it when I see it.” :P

  38. hey, uh, Justice… can I volunteer for the pre-screening process?? I’m a pretty good judge of Teh Qte, if I do say so m’self…

  39. I am speechless. Absolutely speechless. Did I say speechless?

  40. Fird Birfle says:

    How do you *really* feel, Linda??? ;)

  41. Fird Birfle says:

    erm…that “meelk” looks a bit, more like melted buttah, from here ……

  42. Rachel of Cyberia says:

    No wonder they’re having a butter shortage…it’s all going to the polar bears!

  43. Except this is from Denmark, and it’s Norway having the butter shortage ;)

    But yeah, no, polar bears and seals produce colostrum that is very high in fat content. That, and colostrum for most animals is yellowish in colour. Cow colostrum is, too, for example!

  44. cellarmouse says:

    noticed that, too…maybe arctic animals “mother’s milk” has got as much “blubber” as the rest of “em…

  45. Polar bear milk is 33% fat, same as other marine mammals. By comparison human milk is only 3-5% fat.

  46. ThirdShift says:

    Gawd-a-mightey! This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Hard to believe this little guy one day will be a thousand-pounder machine of DEATH. Need a translation for caretaker dialogue, please, somebody!

  47. Fird Birfle says:

    see the entry, above (near the top/ picture),
    from “pookie” which says 10:18 am — they translated there :)

  48. I think that’s the translation of the sub-titles. How bout what the caretaker is saying? Maybe something along the lines of “oops! piddle!” :)

  49. He mostly keeps murmuring “that’s good”, and then when he’s done with the milk he says “we need to take care of both ends”. :)

  50. :) thanks, Moony

  51. the tongue! the tongue! it keels me! so cute, this one.

  52. OMG the sleepingk noises plus smacking tongue action…
    I am DED.

  53. The tongue…the TONGUE!! It has kilt me ded! *thunk*

  54. As a lifelong insomniac I see videos like this and wonder why I can’t ever sleep like that. But then I remember that while lying wide awake tonight I can think of this adorable little guy and still smile.

  55. Job: want.

  56. Is this the same polar bear cub that was in the news a few weeks ago? Because from the screen that comes up at the end of the video, it looks like this cub is already grown up by now. I’m confused. Charmed, but confused.

  57. I think there is another polar bear named Siku at the Toledo Zoo. See this story at Looks like he might be about a year and a half now.

  58. Thanks for the link ceejoe!! <3 <3 <3

  59. i was watching this with my wife, and let me tell you the small snurfling noises @ the end just blew us both up. boom. done. finito. that’s it.

  60. oh good heavens, for some more pictures, go to
    including some more shots of the leetle tongue!

  61. ahgaHHAH!! Whatta soft, bad, fluffy jerk!!!!!!!!

  62. Flutterby says:


  63. Flutterby says:

    Aww heck…supposed to be 8-O in response to hot tams

  64. I didn’t think I’d ever really do this…. But I totally tickled that belleh on my screen. :)

  65. Andi from NC says:

    Thank goodness I wasn’t the only one!!!!!

  66. Grace: I read your post tooooo quickly and saw:

    “But I totally LICKED that belleh on my screen”

    My re-read corrected my mis-interpretation, but for a second, I thought…. WOW, she’s got it baaaad!

  67. Nooooo! It stopped at the best part. :(

    That man is such a good papa to Siku. You can see his heart is already stolen.

  68. You can tell that he is such a kind man. I agree, he is a wonderful surrogate papa bear for Siku.

  69. Yes indeed! :D

  70. The TOE BEANS !!!!!! Must kiss the soft little toe beans !!!!!
    Is that weird ? All my “kids” have gotten used to having their T.B.’s kissed & a few of them even give me their paws to kiss when I cradle them like a baby and one of them likes to gently stroke my face with his.

  71. The Original Jane says:

    No one has noticed the curly EYELASHES at 1:12????? Gaaah!

  72. I read the same article about “what makes something cute” and thought for certain it would cite the Rules of Cuteness, and credit Meg’s World Headquarters of Cuteology, but it did not. Journalism today!

  73. Is that what they’re calling it?

  74. All the extreme youth of all animals – including US – hoomin beings – all is CUTE – and Cute Rules OK. Lovely people – once you too were cute – you too were little and plumptious and cuddly. I have some old baby pictures, taken back in 1936 – and I was indeed the neatest, cutest lil thing. Who could not have loved me, you may well want to ask if you ever see those pix. Now, well I guess I am something older, not much wiser, but still with the vestiges of cute – around the edges. Hair aint black no more, but I notice them lil laughter lines around the eyes (still green eyes but faded just a tad) are cute.
    What right have I to say this, Tell you – all my friends are so much younger than am I and three I have been allowed to adopt (in jest !) as make-believe grandchildren, and they are so dear. People of my own age simply rattle the bars of my cage, for their lack of appreciation of Teh Cute. Advice for people getting Old – you can presetve your Cute by taking an interest in the Youth – they are beyond CUTE, even the mixed-up ones – those to whom I am a “Nanna” – I love them to pieces

  75. Copperbat says:

    Nanas are cute too! Especially the kind that clatter around the kitchen in their flour-dusted aprons or knit psychedelic beanie hats!

  76. You’re not even old enough to be my mommy but I’d love for you to adopt me as a make-believe grandchild. *hug*

  77. Bookender says:

    While feeding: “Aw, that’s good. That’s nice.” *rinse and repeat*
    During pre-piddling: “Ah! You were really hungry! Now we juust need to take care of both ends, right? We do have to.”
    Piddling: “Come on now.” (while Siku is struggling and is more interested in suckling on a finger)
    Putting down: “There! Bom! Bommelum.” (it’s a nonsencial word, really – the onomatopoeia of putting down something heavy)

  78. “Now we just have to take care of both ends”? ROFL!

  79. Snorglepup says:

    A wise woman indeed who can still see the cute within us all. Thanks Nanna-bear.

  80. the belly! the paws!! aaaaaaaaaaaa!

  81. Flutterby says:

    Thanks for the translation Bookender ! I love it when peeps translate for those of us who are linguistically challenged, such as myself ….

  82. Oh merciful heaven, I cannot take the bebeh tongue nor can I take the baby paw swipe, and I cannot take the glugging of the meelks. My only hope and prayer is that Siku lives a longer life than his much beloved predecessor, Knute. He is SO worthy of saving by kind human hands. May God bless this bebeh bear and his keeper!

  83. amg, polar bear eyelashes!

  84. omigawd look at his fat little belly!

  85. milkfilledandroid says:

    oh my so cuute. so glad for the sleepy-sounds. Not sure which i liked better the bear or his caretaker. Ok both, for completely different reasons. I so hope there are men like that in this country.

  86. Fleurdamour says:

    That is one milk-chugging fool. He attacks that bottle like a beer bong.

  87. Ok,.. at first glance I thought this was Neil Peart feeding a polar bear cub and the “all things right with the world” center of my brain almost exploded.

  88. What a precious baby. I hope it continues to do well. Thanks for sharing.


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