A few weeks ago, a young male bear was allegedly discovered by a Slovenian family. The family wanted to raise him but the authorities wanted to confiscate the little bear because the keeping conditions were unsuitable for his development.
The bear, known as “Lucky,” was to be raised in the family’s garden alongside a dog and children — a worrying idea which posed obvious practical problems. “Bears are wild animals and cannot be domesticated,” explains Johanna Stadler, director of FOUR PAWS. “After just a few weeks in such unfamiliar surroundings, young animals are so psychologically damaged that they can no longer be returned to the wild. Within a year, a bear grows so large that it becomes dangerous to both animals and humans.”
The little bear then vanished from his temporary enclosure, just one day before a FOUR PAWS team and the authorities were to arrive to discuss taking the bear to a purpose built sanctuary for orphaned bear cubs.
Following Lucky’s disappearance, the Celje police in Slovenia began their investigation. A FOUR PAWS team visited the crime scene and the charity offered a £1,000 reward. Several days later Lucky was rescued from a young man who claimed he had “found” the bear. A FOUR PAWS emergency team then transferred Lucky to the bear orphanage in Harghita, Romania where he will receive the intensive care he needs.
The orphanage, founded and supported by FOUR PAWS for many years, prepares orphaned bears for a return to the wild. The process is based on patience and professionalism, as well as the most recent scientific discoveries. After several years of intensive care designed especially for bears, the animals are returned to the wild.
Please visit FOUR PAWS’ Facebook page to see the latest news on Lucky!
Four Paws rescues distressed lions, bears and orangutans from around the world and rehomes the animals in some of the finest sanctuaries in the world. We are also heavily involved in campaigning on animal welfare issues. We aim to achieve long-term, legally binding improvements for farm animals, laboratory and companion animals and wildlife.
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