Last Sunday, the period of young bears' staying at the Rehab Center ended. The two one-and-a-half-year-old bear cubs, who lost their mother last winter, were captured and temporary kept at the Center, have now been released back to the wild. Those were a male brown bear named Dimka and a female Asian black bear named Romashka. For the time of their rehabilitation, the animals preserved their alert behavior towards human, but the styles of behaving slightly differed: the brown bear cub preferred lying down and freezing, while the black bear cub climbed the wire mesh fencing almost up to the top and also stayed motionless until the human moved away to the safe distance. In spring, being one and a half years of age, bears are already able to find food on their own. We hope that these young bears will occupy their own territory in a wild forest.
The release was organized with the participation of officers of the Department for Conservation, Management, and Regulation of Wildlife Objects.
While being at the Rehab Center, the bear cubs were kept entirely at the expense of donations from concerned people. The staff of the Center are sincerely grateful to Olga Lapushkina and Thomas Boehm.
The staff of the Rehabilitation Center (PRNCO “Tiger Center”) would like to express their acknowledgements for the joint work and cooperation to the “Land of the Leopard” National Park, the autonomous non-commercial organization (ANO) “Amur Leopard”, ANO “Amur Tiger Center”, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the “Phoenix” Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Primorsky Safari Park, OAO AK “Transneft”, the chief veterinarian of the Moscow Zoo Alshinetsky Mikhail Valerievich, and the veterinarians of the “Nika” animal hospital.