Scotland gives new home to war-traumatized Ukrainian bear

12 September, 02:39 PM
The bear was rescued from Yampil (Photo:Five Sisters Zoo)

The bear was rescued from Yampil (Photo:Five Sisters Zoo)

An Asiatic black bear left for dead by fleeing Russian troops at a zoo in Russian-occupied Yampil in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast has found a new home in Scotland, reported CNN on Sept. 11. 

When Ukrainian soldiers entered the abandoned zoo in Oct. 2022, they found that almost all of the 200 animals had been killed. A 12-year-old bear was one of the few remaining survivors, though he was severely traumatized and just days away from dying. He had been concussed after a shell had exploded near his cage, said Scotland’s Five Sisters Zoo.

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Five Sisters Zoo
Photo: Five Sisters Zoo

Now, Yampil – named after the village where he was found – will get a new lease on life. He is characterized as a “gentle bear” by Five Sisters’ head veterinarian, Romani Pizzi. Zoo staff are hopeful that they can give him a good life in Scotland, where he can become “a happy, normal bear.”

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