Videos of our BEars

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#HibernationFacts 

Bears are majestic creatures who adapt incredibly well to their environments. After a phase of rehabilitation at our sanctuaries, most of our bears manage to successfully pass the coldest months of the year in hibernation. 

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FOUR PAWS rescues presumably former baiting bear in Ukraine

Tyson originates from the wild, where he was taken after his mother has been killed by poachers. Ever since then, the brown bear vegetated in a way too tiny cage on a Ukrainian hunting farm. We assume that he was not only kept in inapropriate circumstances but also tortured as a baiting bear - although bear baiting is already prohibited and therefore illegal in Ukraine. Fortunately, Tyson's suffering has ended today. We have freed him from his cage and are now on our way to our newly constructed BEAR SANCTUARY Domazyhr, where Tyson will finally start into a species-appropriate life.

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A new beginning for bear POTAP in BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

his is Potap, a nine-year-old male bear who was born in a zoo in Ukraine in 2008. After Potap was sold he was kept in a tiny cage. The ceiling was so low he could hardly stand upright, positioned near a restaurant in order to “attract” visitors. When the owner of the restaurant had to give up his business, Potap was only fed provisionally by local activists.. But now Potap is safe! We rescued him last week and brought him to our brand new BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr! Here Potap can stay for the rest of his life! The transfer went very well despite Potap’s poor condition that has resulted from his neglect. We are happy as he is now in the best possible hands and will be well taken care of by our animal care-takers in Domazhyr.

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