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Bear Andri in Prishtina

Freedom for bear cub

14.6.2019

FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement  

After weeks of negotiations with the Ministry of Environment in Kosovo, we succeeded in rescuing the orphaned bear cub and brought him to our sanctuary, BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina. The bear was only a few months old when he was found back February 2019 by a member of the public as he wandered the streets. Although the authorities promised to bring him back to his mother, FOUR PAWS discovered the male bear was being kept in a filthy basement of a restaurant in Sharr National Park. The little bear was kept in a small wooden box, barely seeing daylight, with no room to move around.  We immediately contacted the authorities and urged them to take the bear out of such inappropriate conditions and allow us to take him. After weeks of back and forth, the negotiations finally led to a common understanding in early June 2019.

Now safe in the FOUR PAWS-owned BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina, the young bear finds shelter and a species-appropriate home.

Update July 9, 2019

In a Facebook poll, we searched for a name for the little bear and the community has now decided: Andri (the brave) shall be his name from now on. The six-month-old cub is settling in well at our BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina. He is very active and is healthy gaining body weight. He also makes sure to spend a lot of time playing, and especially forging out the fresh branches and spices that the team gave him to play with.

Update February, 2020

For Andri's first birthday, our team in BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina prepared very special enrichment and activities for him. The young and playful bear was particularly pleased with his delicious "snow cake".

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