The Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania is celebrating its 10th anniversary in October 2015. It was in 2005 that work was started to create the sanctuary by the Romanian animal protection group called Milioane de Prieteni (Millions of Friends) together with the World Animal Protection (formerly known as WSPA) and with the local municipality of Zarnesti in Transylvania.
It was in 2005 that the first bears were rescued. Cristi and Lydia had been kept in a rusting cage next to a restaurant for many years and they became the first bears to be rescued and taste the freedom of the oak-forested sanctuary.
On 17th October 2015 the celebration event was held at the sanctuary and invites were sent to Ambassadors, Romanian Ministers, veterinary advisors and the media, and a special guest – more of that later!
The weather was perfect with the last of the Autumn sun shining down on the 80 rescued bears but they were all looking rather sleepy as winter is approaching and they will soon begin to hibernate. The bear pictured here was sitting sleepily in one of the huge meadow areas near to a water pool.
The Teddy Bear Museum based at the bear sanctuary is still collecting bears and the local media had a sneak preview. But the museum will not be open to the public until early 2016. Keep watching this space for more details.