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Bear who spent 10 yrs in tiny flooded cage takes her first steps to freedom

Misha and Dasha, two brown bears, were imprisoned in a small cage at an Armenian restaurant for ten years. They worked as tourist attractions and spent their days pacing back and forth, attempting to pass the time.

They would frequently bash their heads against the cage or climb the bars, doing everything to bring some excitement into their life.

To make matters worse, the cage was situated on a riverbank, and it frequently flooded. The water once rose so high that the unfortunate bears almost drowned.

The river overflowed a few years ago, and the bears almost perished, Lis Key, PR and communications manager at International Animal Rescue stated,. As shown in the rescue images, the rescue crew had to break through the cages to free them, implying that they were imprisoned when the river overflowed and were in grave risk of drowning.

International Animal Rescue (IAR) worked for years to save these two bears.

Finally, IAR and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) were able to persuade the restaurant owners to release the bears into their care in November.

The two bears were liberated when the IAR rescue crew broke through the metal cage’s bars. They drugged the bears and transported them to their mountainous refuge, where they would be free to wander and pursue their natural inclinations.

Misha and Dasha retreated into a cave to hibernate for the winter soon after arriving at the refuge. And they weren’t alone when they appeared in the spring.

Dasha’s rescuers had no idea she was pregnant when she went into hibernation, so they were both surprised and overjoyed.

Dasha had been through so much, and now she actually had her own family.

She received all essential treatment after being rescued, enough fruits and vegetables, nuts, and honey to acquire weight and fat before hibernation but nobody suspected her strong appetite was due to pregnancy, Vicky Mkrtchyan, FPWC’s environmental projects coordinator, explained. Dasha had given birth to two healthy, joyful cubs.

Yesterday, we spoke about the importance of hibernation, and how the bears at the FPWC sanctuary need to be well…

Posted by International Animal Rescue on Friday, 11 December 2020

The cubs are already two months old and doing fantastically well! Dasha is an excellent mother who constantly maintains a close check on her two newborn pups.

Dasha and Misha have been through a lot, but they are finally in a secure location where they can appreciate their life and independence.

We’re overjoyed that Dasha and her cubs are doing well, and we can’t wait to see them grow up. What a satisfying conclusion!

Watch the video below to learn more about Dasha’s rescue.

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