Writer of Saint Petersburg, travels 4,000 km in order to save a bear – THE IS.RBTH. | Russia. (Press release)

The cub, who was only a month, was seized on the 24th of April in the siberian city of Kyzyl, the capital of the republic of Tuva (4,600 km east of Moscow) to a woman who was walking with him in her arms.

The former owner of the cub was not able to give an explanation of the origin of the animal: first he said that he had given it to a few friends, after a taxi driver had left him abandoned on the road, and finally that he had found in the forest. According to another version, the woman could be associated with poachers who had killed the parents and were planning to sell the cub to a circus or a zoo. In Kyzyl there are no shelters for bears, so that the State Service on Control of Natural Resources on local released a request for temporary reception of the cub through the social networks.

Fuente: Stanislav ShájovSource: Stanislav Shájov

The writer and advocate of animal rights Anna Arbátskaya was born in Kyzyl, but it takes a while living in St. Petersburg. At the end of April, he flew to his hometown with his daughter to pick up his last belongings and your car. Anna helped maintain for many years a community protective of animals, by which to read the announcement about the cub decided to lend a hand. Especially because in the city are not offered to anyone else.

“In a few days the little bear, I left the apartment upside down [Kyzyl]. Now I will have to change the furniture and do some repairs. I called Adyg, which in the language of tuvana means ‘bear’, she offers.

The search for a new home for the bear

In the meantime, began to search for a new home for the cub. The problem is that in Russia there is only one rehabilitation centre for bears, and this is located at the other end of the country, near Moscow.

Right at that moment in Bashkiria, near the Ural, the workers of the national park Bashkortostan were looking for just a cub. Already had one that had just came to the forest and had begun to walk along the highway towards the city. For their rehabilitation urgently needed a second bear, because these animals learn more quickly in the company. In a couple of days, the defenders of the animals of Tuva and Bashkiria were found and agreed that the bear would be transferred to the national park.

Writer of Saint Petersburg, travels 4,000 km in order to save a bear - THE IS.RBTH. | Russia. (Press release) 1Source: Stanislav Shájov
Writer of Saint Petersburg, travels 4,000 km in order to save a bear - THE IS.RBTH. | Russia. (Press release) 2Source: Stanislav Shájov


Anna asked to accompany personally to Adyg. Are thoroughly prepared for the trip: the friends of Anna helped him to build a large cage of wood and to buy a box full of baby food for the bear with porridge oats, and buckwheat. The animal will put all the necessary shots and we processed all the documents in case the police decided to register her car.

“We toured around 1,000 km a day. Every three hours we would stop to feed Adyg. Almost all the way I was accompanied by a few friends of truck drivers who were headed in the same direction. I would be showing you the way, helped me repair the cage and slept in their trucks”, tells Anna.

The first contact with your friend

Anna arrived at the national park when it was already completely dark. That day had traveled almost 1,500 km and I was exhausted. For the cubs had already prepared a small house. The first contact was full of screams, it was a very stressful time for both of you.

Fuente: Anna ArbátskayaSource: Anna Arbátskaya

According to the director of the national park, Vladimir Kuznetsov, for the next six months both cubs will go through a rehabilitation process in which they will learn to live in conditions of wild and sought food for themselves.

“For animals not used to the human being, only two or three people can get up close to them always carrying the same clothing and the face covered. It is also recommended that you speak with them, because the cubs could get used to and stop fearing the human speech, something that would hurt in a wild environment. If all goes well, in August or September we can release them to live in freedom in our park”, says Kuznetsov.

Fuente: Anna ArbátskayaSource: Anna Arbátskaya

Anna has the cubs spent together the first night quietly and the next morning no longer screamed nor fought, but they were playing peacefully. That meant that the worst was behind us.

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