Start A Petition

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 )

- 4189 days ago -
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.


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


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.
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Animals

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.