Ukrainian bear sanctuary welcomes rescued cubs

These rescued cubs were transferred to a sanctuary in Ukraine

Location: Domazyhr, Ukraine

The three brown bears were bred in a private zoo for entertainment purposes

Following criticism from activists

the cubs were rescued by animal welfare organization Four Paws

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF DOMAZYHR BEAR SANCTUARY, IHOR NYKOLYN, SAYING:

"We recently transferred three cubs that arrived from White Rock rehabilitation centre. They were born in a private contact zoo, and these cubs were used for entertainment. The people who visited the contact zoo touched them, took pictures with them, and the cubs didn't feel well, as a real brown bear in nature."

"As kids, they are very active. They touch everything, they climb things, they run around. We need to pay more attention and arrange properly the breeding and after the rehabilitation in a small enclosure. In the future, they will be released in a big forest enclosure in a natural area, here in the Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr."

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