Two bears in Lebanon rescued from harsh zoo

Two Syrian bears were rescued from a zoo

Location: Tyre, Lebanon

Their names are Homer and Ulysses

They’re now on their way to a wildlife sanctuary in the U.S.

Four Paws International helped prepare the brown bears for their journey

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AT FOUR PAWS INTERNATIONAL, AMIR KHALIL, SAYING:

"Today the team will give the bears the anaesthesia and we will transfer them from South Lebanon to a sanctuary in Colorado. It will be a long journey with a transit in Dubai then to Chicago then Colorado, so the bears need special care regarding anaesthesia and the dose given and its timing."

Homer and Ulysses were kept in a zoo for more than 10 years

Their cage had a cement floor

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AT FOUR PAWS INTERNATIONAL, AMIR KHALIL, SAYING:

"Bears in nature walk more than 40 kilometres a day, it is not suitable for them to be staying in a 4x3 metres cage with cement floor which does not meet international standards. We are happy that people here agreed that these animals go to a better place to live a better life, and these bears should retire, it is not appropriate they will stay in a cage all their lives until they die."

The two bears will soon walk freely in a natural habitat

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