Polar bears enjoy a snow day at the San Diego Zoo

Polar bear Kalluk had fun sliding face-first down a snowy hill at the San Diego Zoo, after 26 tons of snow was blown into his habitat at Polar Bear Plunge. This surprise snowy enrichment was made possible by donors who contributed to the animal care wish list on the San Diego Zoo website, sandiegozoo.org. Enrichment is very important for the bears, as it stimulates them, keeps them active and promotes natural behaviors, such as digging, sliding and pouncing on the snow—behaviors polar bears use to help them break through ice to reach seal dens. Zoo guests can visit Kalluk, Tatqiq and Chinook at Polar Bear Plunge during the San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells celebration presented by California Coast Credit Union. During Jungle Bells, guests will be treated to twinkling holiday lights, merrymaking activities, live music performances and festive foods. The Zoo’s holiday celebration runs now through Jan. 3, 2016, and is free with paid admission or membership to the San Diego Zoo. The Zoo stays open until 8 each night of Jungle Bells, except Dec. 24, 2015, when the Zoo closes at 5. For a schedule of activities and more information about Jungle Bells and the Jungle Bells Instameet, visit sandiegozoo.org.

SAN DIEGO (KRON) — The polar bears at the San Diego Zoo were thrilled when their exhibit was turned into a winter wonderland.

The polar bears enjoyed nearly 26 tons of white snow that blanketed their exhibit, according to zoo officials.

“This was a special day for the polar bears, and I could tell they really loved it,” said Susan Purtell, senior keeper, San Diego Zoo. “It was great seeing them roll around in the snow, showcasing their natural behaviors.”

Watch the adorable video above to see them roll around and wrestle each other in the fresh powder.

Animal care staff also scattered yams, carrots, melons and beef femur bones throughout the exhibit as added enrichment, which is important to stimulate the bears natural behaviors.

This surprise snowy enrichment was made possible by donors who contributed to the animal care wish list on the San Diego Zoo website.

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