After weeks of negotiations with the Kosovar Ministry of Environment, we succeeded in bringing the orphaned bear cub to BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina.
The bear, only a few months old, was found by a member of the public in Kosovo, at the end of February 2019. Although the authorities promised to bring him back to his mother, FOUR PAWS discovered the male bear in the 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 rescue the bear from these inappropriate conditions. 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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