For brown bears, Frol and Frosia, life meant sitting beyond the rusty bars of a dark cage in the Lviv Region, Ukraine. The bears were born here, at hotel and restaurant in 2018, intended as entertainment and an attraction for customers. Their barren enclosure offered them no enjoyment, just a concrete floor with no enrichment or joy in their everyday lives - they had never known anything other than the same bars of their enclosures all their lives!
When FOUR PAWS first visited the site in 2019, it triggered the months of negotiations ahead for their rescue. As the hotel/restaurant finally closed its doors for good, we were given the green light, and beautiful Frol & Frosia were able to be rescued in October 2020. It was the start of a new life at our BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr!
Their journey to their new homes went very well, in just a 2.5 hours trip, the bears were welcomed at the sanctuary. As the bears are young, the vet checks showed that there were no serious health issues for either bear. However, both bears showed some minor injuries on the soles of their paws from standing and walking on the wet concrete floor of their cage, but these injuries will soon heal as the bears spend time on natural ground!
Update December 2020
Now, after about a month since their arrival at the sanctuary, we are happy to say that both bears are doing really good. They are very curious and enjoy exploring their new natural environment. Every day, Frol and Frosia are learning something new and their caretakers are always there to monitor them closely until they adapt completely to their new life. So far, we can already tell that Frol is the energetic one, who loves playing with branches and little trees, while Frosia is more relaxed and enjoys the long naps. They both have a good appetite and they love fish and apples while carrots less so.
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Keep tuned for more updates of Frol & Frosia soon!