Rescued bear cubs play in sanctuary

12/07/2016

In February, we told you about two tiny bear cubs found in an abandoned den in the Transylvanian forest. They’ve since been cared for by our partner sanctuary AMP.

They will be kept at the sanctuary until they are between 1.5 and 2 years old, at which point they will hopefully be big enough to be rehabilitated back into the wild.

At first, the staff at the sanctuary worried that the little bundles might be too small to survive without their mother. But watch the video below and take a look at them now! 

Previously, the cubs were kept in a special quarantine area where they were bottle-fed. 

One of the cubs when they had first arrived

Now 4-5 months old, it’s time for them to continue learning to be real bears, so they’ve moved to their own special enclosure in the Zarnesti sanctuary.

When they were first released in their new environment, they excitedly explored the new surroundings. They played tentatively with the water, and even attempted to climb their first tree! 

The cubs happily play-fight with each other like young brothers do. 

The bears also experienced another first - encountering another bear. Sanctuary resident Max (a blind bear) resides on the other side of the fence of their enclosure. The bear cubs cautiously said hello to Max. 

In their present enclosure, the bears won’t be disturbed by visiting tourists so they won’t become too accustomed to people. 

They will be kept at the sanctuary until they are between 1.5 and 2 years old, at which point they will hopefully be big enough to be rehabilitated back into the wild. 

The cubs are growing up!

With your support, we can continue to give rescued bears a new home and a peaceful existence.

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