VIER PFOTEN App nun für Iphone/Ipad und Android erhältlich


VIER PFOTEN App Download für
AndroidAndroid

IphoneIphone

FOUR PAWS rescues three bears from poor keeping conditions in Austria


For the first time in their life, the three bears are now living in a natural environment.
© FOUR PAWS | Jörg Dieckmann

After years of wrangling, FOUR PAWS recovers bears from a desolate animal park in Austria

A new life is beginning for three bears from Enghagen Animal Park in Upper Austria, which had been closed by the authorities. On October 6th, after three years of negotiating with the authorities, FOUR PAWS finally transferred the three bears to its BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach in Lower Austria. The park at Enghagen had already been officially closed back in 2012, but the fate of the bears – a mother and her two offspring – had remained uncertain due to a drawn-out legal battle between owners and leaseholders. Now, we were finally able to free them from their tiny prison. 


After sedation each bear needs to be carried to its transport box immediately.
© FOUR PAWS | Jörg Dieckmann

An emotional journey for the three bears and us

“For us, taking the bears from the park to their new home was a very emotional moment”, says Indra Kley, Country Manager of FOUR PAWS Austria. “We’ve been fighting for a long time to be allowed to give them a home that’s suitable for them.” Before being transferred, the three bears were examined by veterinary surgeon Univ.-Prof. Dr. Chris Walzer from Vienna’s University of Veterinary Medicine – all three of them were in good state of health and ready to travel to Arbesbach. There, everything was perfectly prepared for the arrival of the three bears. The staff has waited so long for this very special moment and has decorated the new home of the three bears with many enrichment tools and tasty treats, such as apples, grapes and vegetable. The release of the three bears happened on late October 6th. All three of them were very calm when they entered their new home for the very first time. Never before the bears have lived in an natural environment, as the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach. Their new enclosure is located in the woods of Lower Austria, offering them the natural environment a bear is used to live in. The next weeks and months, they will have enough time to get to know their new environment.

 

Welcome home, cutiepies! 


print