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Bears in Serbia

2016-11-04
Finally we were able to rescue the three bear from circus "Corona" together with the Ministry of Environment.
© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

A long history of suffering has been brought to an end for three Serbian bears, after they were rescued from terrible conditions in a defunct Serbian circus called “Corona”. With the support of FOUR PAWS and several Serbian animal experts, the environmental inspectors of the Provincial Secretariat for Urbanism and Environmental Protection in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Serbia temporarily seized the animals on Monday, October 31st. The seized animals will be accommodated in the zoos of Palic and Belgrade until the administrative process for their final placement is finalised.


For years the animals were kept in these small cages.
© FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

The bears lived in tiny, rusty metal cages with a lot of waste around

The rescue team found the bears in tiny, rusty metal cages with a lot of waste around, lacking adequate shelter from sun or rain. The female brown bear is missing a part of her front paw due to an injury she received many years ago, while  the other two animals have diseased teeth. The team performed a medical check up, chipped, vaccinated and sedated the animals and then loaded them into transportation vehicles. After a short journey, the two 12 years old brown bears arrived at the zoo Belgrade whilst the other bear, a 10 year old polar and brown bear hybrid, made his way to the zoo Palic near the Hungarian-Serbian border.


On Monday a FOUR PAWS team was on site to help to get the bears out of here...
© FOIUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz & DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa are ready for the bears

FOUR PAWS has offered to home them at their BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz in Germany and DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa in Bulgaria. Both sanctuaries cover many hectares of species-appropriate enclosures featuring natural creeks, ponds, numerous enrichment tools and many other devices that provide for the bears’ needs. Long years of suffering will be left behind. We are happy that the bears have now finally been confiscated, but of course we are shocked to discover that almost all other wild animals of the circus disappeared in the last years.


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