Two bears have been rescued from appalling conditions from what the media called “The world’s saddest zoo” - the Gyumri zoo in Armenia - and they have been brought to the Romanian bear sanctuary where they are now tasting freedom for the first time in their lives.
The European brown bears, Masha and Grisha, were kept separate in small dirty cages in the zoo in Armenia and when they arrived at the bear sanctuary they were found to be undernourished and in need of veterinary care. The sanctuary vet has treated them and they now have a good diet so their health is improving. They were initially afraid of each other but after a couple of days the two bears started playing together in the sanctuary quarantine area, and splashing in the large water pool. Cristina Lapis, President of the AMP who manage the bear sanctuary, said that she was happy to welcome the bears from Armenia into the sanctuary where they could start to live like bears again and not like starved caged animals.