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FOUR PAWS and Viva!: Baloo the Bear stays at Poznan Zoo


FOUR PAWS and Viva!: Baloo the Bear stays at Poznan Zoo

The decision  on whether the bear will be transported to BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz will be made by Polish court


Sydney, 21 July 2016 – After being rescued from mistreatment at a circus a few weeks ago Baloo is enjoying his new life in a 100 m² outdoor enclosure at Poznan Zoo in Poland. Furthermore, the zoo is now planning to build a bigger enclosure in the near future.


Baloo’s fate depends on the court’s decision. FOUR PAWS and the Polish animal welfare organisation Viva! are hoping that the Polish authorities in charge will grant permission to transport the animal to BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz in Germany. Though the bear is now safely accommodated in Poznan Zoo, where the enclosure is significantly better than the previous, miniscule cage that detained him, it would be best nonetheless for Baloo to live in the far larger habitat that the sanctuary offers.


FOUR PAWS’ bear expert Carsten Hertwig says: “FOUR PAWS’ first priority has always been the welfare and wellbeing of all of our animals and we hope that our partner Poznan Zoo will support us in finding the best possible solution for Baloo.” FOUR PAWS is still convinced that BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz will be the most appropriate place to house the bear particularly because he can get optimal medical care there, added Hertwig.


Baloo was rescued from a circus known as “Vegas” in Pawlowice, Poland at the beginning of July. The animal suffered from neglect and ill-treatment; he was imprisoned in an extremely small cage and during his performances he was fed junk food to entertain visitors. As a result of the successful joint effort of both FOUR PAWS and Viva!, Baloo was temporarily transported to Poznan Zoo. Hopefully, after acquiring consent from the authorities, the bear will be relocated to BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz in Germany.


BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz has offered a species-appropriate home for bears rescued from poor conditions and exploitation since 2006. The sanctuary provides a habitat that mimics the natural environment of bears: a diversified landscape of mixed woodland, meadow, clearings, hillsides, and a natural stream. These are optimal conditions for brown bears to rediscover their natural behaviour. 16 bears currently live across open-air enclosures that cover a space of around 16 hectares.


Poznan Zoo and FOUR PAWS have cooperated since 2013and have created a species appropriate home for three bears that were kept in appalling conditions.. By autumn 2016 the large bear enclosure in Poznan Zoo will be considerably expanded in order to house all four bears from Mini-Zoo Braniewo. Two of them were already saved and transferred to Poznan. Another resident of the zoo, an orphaned bear cub named Cisna, was found in the mountains in south-eastern Poland at the beginning of April.