Once Saved The “Puppy” Found In The Backyard Now Needs Help Once More.


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It all started with good intentions.

In February, a man looked into his front yard and saw a tiny brown ball of fur.

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“Originally the man thought he had found a puppy,” Four Paws International, an animal rescue and advocacy organization, wrote in a press release provided.

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But something about this “puppy” seemed a little strange. His noises weren’t quite right, and his claws appeared to be a little too sharp.

When examined more closely, the animal was identified as a brown bear,

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The authorities were on their way to supposedly bring the bear cub back to the forest and reunite him with his mom — at least, that’s what they said.

But something shocking happened.

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The rangers of Kosovo’s Sharr Mountains National Park, where the cub’s mother lives, decided to keep the cub in a basement, even though it is illegal to keep bears as pets.

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“The cub is still being kept by the national park management in the basement of a restaurant which belongs to a ranger,” Four Paws reported this week. “The cub has little chance to move and rarely sees daylight.”

A member of Four Paws even filmed undercover footage showing where the bear cub is being kept, in wooden crate in a dark basement.

A neighboring bear sanctuary would be the ideal place for the displaced youngster to go; there, he could grow up in safety and among other bears. However, the administration is presently refusing to release the cub.

Credit: FOUR PAWS

The government’s disregard for its own regulations is surprising, according to Carsten Hertwig, a bear specialist with Four Paws.

Every second that goes by without this young bear receiving the care he requires is a moment lost, which is why Four Paws is urging people to speak up in his defense.

“We have … launched a worldwide protest,” Hertwig said. “Every day the bear has to spend in the dark and filthy basement is one day too many.”


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