After weeks of negotiations with the Ministry of Environment in Kosovo, we succeeded in rescuing the orphaned bear cub and bringing him to our sanctuary, BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina. The bear was only a few months old when it was found back February 2019 by a member of the public as it 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: 09 July 2019
In our poll on Facebook, our community decided that the little one should be called Andri (meaning the brave one) from now on. The six-month-old cub seems to be doing very well at our BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina, he is very active and gaining body weight. He is enjoying the enrichment the team provides him, such as small toys, fresh branches and spices to play with.
A safe haven last!
Here you can see the emotional moment when the little bear explores his new beautiful enclosure for the first time!
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Possible re-integration into the wild
The young bear will have minimal human contact at the sanctuary. In six to nine months, the team will re-evaluate his condition and decide whether he can be released into the wild.