Baby Bear “Lucky” Rescued by FOUR PAWS; Arrives at Orphanage

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.


gillian brown b.
Angelflowers D4 years ago

Lucky,lucky!!!! great news.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago


KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Thanks to Four Paws!

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

Lucky bear.

Suzanne Hall
Suzanne Hall6 years ago

Well I hope the baby bear will be taken care of, and can be released into the wild. How come I get nervous when I read bear and Romania in the same sentence???

mary r.
Mary R6 years ago

I hope the little bear will be safe now and that he will live a content life in peace.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

I am happy that they got to him before it was too late to release him to the wild.

Katherine W.
Katherine Wright6 years ago

Thank you for saving Lucky!

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Beth M.
Beth M6 years ago

Anytime I see Romania and an animal in the same sentence, I get worried. Hopefully this turns out well for the bear.