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The Hero Bear Who Went to War (and Loved a Smoke and a Beer) - Poland/Scotland


Animals  (tags: poland, scotland, bear, war, ww1, soldier, memorial, voytek )

Chrissy
- 4189 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
Like any soldier, he loved to relax with a cigarette and a bottle of beer when out of the firing line. But in the heat of battle, he became an inspiring figure - bravely passing ammunition along to supply the guns.



   

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Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday January 26, 2008, 11:25 pm
Now, that is one amazing Bear. Hope they build a decent memorial to Voytek, the Bear.
Voytek was given a name, rank and number.
 

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday January 26, 2008, 11:33 pm
That's what the aim is for .. a great memorial in Scotland
 

Michael W (72)
Saturday January 26, 2008, 11:34 pm
Great story Chrissy.
 

. (0)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 12:06 pm
"When the troops were demobilised, Voytek spent his last days at Edinburgh Zoo, where died in 1963."

I wonder what he was thinking when he went from the companionship and relative freedom (complete with cigarettes and beer) to being confined alone in a zoo. Sounds like he absolutely deserves this permanent memorial!
Noted with thanks, Chrissy.
 

. (0)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 6:28 pm
This fellow loved these people and loved doing what he did. Yes he desreves a name rank. and serial number just like any other soldior for this is what he was and a true friend. And a memorial of him would be great. Great story thanks Chrissy N. noted.
 

. (0)
Saturday February 9, 2008, 2:52 am
To me this is not a great story. Drinking beer, smoking cigarettes, carting explosives around? Common. He was a baby, and totally dependend on them. His life was at stake. what about afterward, locked in a zoo, losing all those friends and freedom? No I feel sorry for this bear, he should be in a forest with his mother.
Not mixed up in human wars.
 

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday February 9, 2008, 4:12 am
Bea, you have to remember this was back in WW1 and the fact that they didn't just shoot him, but cared for him the best way they knew and were able to, makes them heroes in my eyes.
 
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