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  • Max - the gentle giant of a bear

    Max – blind, but safe in his sanctuary.

    Max had been blinded by his owner as a cub, probably from being beaten around the head. He was kept chained up near to a tourist attraction in Romania for the first 9 years of his life, where tourists would pay to take a photo of the huge bear while it leaned on the railings. 

    Max was rescued from this life of cruelty in 2006 and was taken to the Libearty bear sanctuary, where eye specialists tried in vain to save his sight.  But even though blind, Max has survived and is a gentle giant of a bear who has his own large forest enclosure.  He has oak tress overhead and a pool to bathe in and even a comfy den to sleep and hibernate in.

    Max is the favourite of many visitors to the sanctuary who have heard of his sad story and have come to see him.  As the photo shows – Max now has a good life and relaxes in the shade of his oak trees or sits quietly in his shallow pool in the sunshine.  He is also an inspiration for the many school children who visit the bear sanctuary and learn about the need to be kind to animals from hearing his story told by the sanctuary staff guides.   More schools are sending classes to this bear sanctuary to learn the importance of protecting animals from cruelty.  Maybe you too will make a visit one day to see Max the gentle giant.

  • Vet Students visit the bear sanctuary in Romania

    The Libearty bear sanctuary recently had a visit from 120 veterinary students from all over the world, from Malaysia to South Africa and USA to Holland. They were from the International Veterinary Students Association which was holding meetings in Romania. The students were shown around the sanctuary by Cristina Lapis, President of the AMP which manages the sanctuary and they had a meeting in the sanctuary building (see photo).

    The students were inspired by their visit, to see how well the rescued bears were cared for and also to see how the sanctuary has made such a difference for animals in Romania as many Romanian schools now send classes there to learn about animal welfare.  

    Hopefully some of these young vets will remember their visit to the sanctuary and go on to help wild animals through their veterinary work in the future.

  • Rescued bear enjoying his freedom in the sanctuary

    The Teddy Bear Museum, which opens later this year, will encourage more visitors to the bear sanctuary in Romania where they can take a guided tour to see the bears that have been rescued from cruel and illegal captivity. These bears were kept in small cages, sometimes outside restaurants and petrol stations as attractions. Now there are 80 rescued bears living a more natural life in the 30 hectares of oak forested enclosures at the sanctuary near Brasov in central Romania. Here they can hide in the forest if they wish or they can climb the trees to rest in the branches or play in the open meadows and swim in the pools.  

    See the video posted on the Teddy bear museum Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BearSanctuaryTeddyBearMuseum ) It was taken of one of the young brown bears soon after his rescue from a cage in an illegal mini-zoo. He was released into one of the sanctuary enclosures and he was clearly overjoyed to play in the large fresh water pool there. 

    If you want to learn more about how and why the bear sanctuary was created in Romania, why not get the illustrated book – Bear Sanctuary, from Amazon: http://amzn.to/pWBWaQ or give it as a gift to friends and family to spread the story of the bear sanctuary and its new Teddy Bear Museum.

  • Giant Teddy Bears saved for the Romanian bear sanctuary - teddy museum

    Giant Teddy Bears saved for the sanctuary!

    Two giant teddy bears measuring 3 metres tall will be the main attraction at the new teddy bear museum at the Romanian bear sanctuary. They were made by William Hill Bookmakers and Taylor Herring UK for a UK media story surrounding the recent birth of the new Royal baby to Prince William and Kate Middleton.
    The bears, one with a Prince crown and the other with a Princess crown were driven around London to pose the question – would the baby be a boy or girl. But after Kate gave birth to a baby girl, now named Princess Charlotte, we asked the company who owned the bears if they would donate them to the museum – and they agreed! That is a fantastic solution and the giant bears will be a huge attraction at the museum. 
    The teddy bears are stuffed just like their smaller cousins but they have a steel frame to keep them upright. The sanctuary has been able to drive them to Romania and they are now the first attractions of the new Teddy Bear Museum there.

    We still need more original (but smaller) teddy bears for the museum – so please help. If you are a teddy bear maker then please donate a bear to the museum, or ask someone you know who has a collection of teddy bears or who makes them.  If you see a teddy bear wearing something like a T-shirt, hat, national costume etc. showing the name of a country then those are also needed for a World of Teddy Bears section.

    The museum will attract more visitors to the bear sanctuary and their entrance fees help pay for the care and rescue of bears in Romania. 

    See our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/BearSanctuaryTeddyBearMuseum 

     

  • New Facebook page for the Teddy Bear Museum at the bear sanctuary in Romania.

    Do you know someone who makes teddy bears?  Do you have a collection of teddy bears? 

    If you know someone who makes teddy bears why not ask them to make one for the new Teddy Bear Museum which will be opening at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary later this year.

    Can you donate one of your hand-made teddy bears, or one from your collection, to the new Teddy bear Museum being created at the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania?  See our new Facebook site:  https://www.facebook.com/BearSanctuaryTeddyBearMuseum.  It’s not often that you get the chance to have one of your teddy bears exhibited at a museum which will have thousands of visitors each year, and your donated bear will be helping to give rescued bears a better life.  

    This museum will be the first of its kind in Romania and it is certain to be a huge attraction. This will bring more visitors, and their entrance fees to the sanctuary will help to cover the costs of caring for the bears and rescuing others. The 80 rescued brown bears eat over a ton of food every day – so it is an expensive business to care for all the bears.

    We are looking for unique artist-made bears, either traditional or one-of-a-kind. Large, small, any colour and also if the bear is wearing something or doing something. We also want a variety of bears including those in national costume or wearing something to show which country they came from. Just imagine what you would like to see in a museum of assorted teddy bears – that’s what we need to make this a very special visit for the family.  

    Teddy bears can be sent direct to the bear sanctuary in Romania at:

    Asociatia Milioane de Prieteni, Teddy Bear Museum; Strada Rovine nr.5;  500075;  Brasov;   Romania

     

    or they can be sent to a collection office in London.  For further details please email us at info@bearsanctuary.com .

    We also need funds to set up the museum so let us know if you would like to donate towards setting up the museum. 

    See our new Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/BearSanctuaryTeddyBearMuseum.