There has been a sharp increase in rescued bear cubs whose mothers have been killed by poachers in Russia.
At an animal park in Vladivostok in Russia’s far east, Mitya the bear found a sanctuary in February, after the little cub was found abandoned outside the city’s circus.
Mitya is one of many bear cubs rescued all over Russia this spring, usually after illegal hunters kill their mothers. (Click through for the images and the video.)
Also at the animal park in Vladivostok are two one-month-old twins who were discovered all alone in the wild.
The park’s owner Alyona Asnovina said:
They were left with no mother in sight and wouldn’t be able to survive on their own. When the twins grow up, perhaps they’ll be put in the forest.
Mitya has now been moved to a permanent home at a private zoo.
Four time zones to the west of Vladivostok, in Omsk, three bear cubs have been taken in after their mother was killed by a hunter.
Named Busya, Musya and Vorchun, the cubs are being fed cow’s milk with honey and are seen playing with furry toys and on a wooden stairway.
And in Siberia to the east, Masha the bear cub has been flown business class to a new home in Moscow.
A native of the Russian Far East, Masha and her brother were found as newborn cubs on a doorstep outside a family home in the city of Khabarovsk, probably by a hunter, and the siblings were fortunate to be rescued.
The Siberian Times reported:
It is thought their mother was killed by poachers.
The abandoned Himalayan or black bears were then taken to the local zoo, however the male cub sadly died.
Masha, in contrast, has flourished and the now three-months-old cub has found a new life at an animal sanctuary in Moscow.
Transaero airline provided a free ticket for animal protection officer Natalya Kovalenko, with pictures showing Masha traveling with her in the business class cabin. A statement issued by the airline read:
On board Masha was conveniently accommodated in its carrying case and curiously examined the aircraft cabin and passengers, who were amazed and enjoyed to see such a nice fellow traveler.
Like all kids, the little bear slept peacefully and soundly for most of the eight-hour flight. The bear was fed warm goat’s milk with a bottle several times during the flight.
The pictures show the bear enjoying the view out of the plane’s window and being looked after by staff in the business class cabin.
In Moscow, Masha was brought to her new home where she will live with other bears.
A baby brown bear also needed rescuing in Perm in the Ural Mountains, after being given as a birthday present to a young child.
However, the child’s parents decided not to keep the cub and appealed for a new owner and the bear is now set to undergo training at Perm Circus.
Animal trainer Yuri Nizhelsky said:
The bear is good, and has no fear.
Dogs did not attack it and people had no time to hurt, so the baby’s mental state is stable.
Source: The Siberian Times.
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