With No Wildlife Rehab Programs Available, Russian Couple Agrees To Raise This Orphaned Bear Cub

Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko of Russia, added an ususual animal to their family 23-years-ago.  When their hunter friends brought an orphaned bear cub to their home, they had no choice but to rescue him.

There were no wildlife rehab programs at the time, so the Panteleenko’s agreed to rear the small one. It was then that their lives changed forever.

  1. When the couple adopted Stepan, he was a three month old orphaned cub.

2. He was found by hunters in the forest, weak and alone.

3. Svetlana and Yuriy nursed him back to health.

4. Stepan is now 23-year-old loving bear!

5. “He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear.”

6. “Despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all.”

7. “We have never been bitten by Stepan.”

8. Stepan eats 25 kg of fish, vegetables, and eggs every day!

9. He loves to cuddle.

10. The gentle giant stays in shape thanks to his love for games outdoors.

11. He loves snuggling with his humans.


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