A female brown bear who was kept caged for more than a decade as a tourist attraction has finally returned to freedom along with her two young cubs.
A petition has been launched to rescue three bears locked behind bars at a restaurant in Armenia. The owner uses them to attract visitors and tourists to his restaurant and refuses to surrender them.
The two bears were being kept in absolutely shocking conditions in a barren and filthy cage in a bus depot. The rescue was a particularly challenging one because of the enormous size of the male bear. Now the bears are safe in the rescue center, where they can be given the treatment and care they have been deprived of for so long.
Every year, wild bears are illegally caught by poachers in Armenia. Once captured, many of them end up kept as tourist attractions in small, squalid cages in restaurants and other public entertainment venues. Read about how International Animal Rescue’s Great Bear Rescue campaign frees the bears from their suffering.