Gina and Sophia are sisters, born in the forests of Romania in early 2006. But these young European brown bears were caught by hunters just after they emerged from their winter den with their mother, and were sold to a mini-zoo which used the cuddly cubs as a tourist attraction, along with several adult bears and a lion.
Luckily for these sisters the Romanian bear sanctuary found out about them and were able to legally confiscate the cubs just a few months later, along with the other animals. Gina and Sophia now live with over 70 rescued bears in the huge forest sanctuary high up on the hills above the town of Zarnesti. As the photo shows, they still enjoy a sisterly get together now and then and are looking quite grown up at the age of 9 years old.
If you want to see more photos of Gina and Sophia – take a look at: http://www.ampbears.ro/en/adopt-a-bear/75-gina-and-sofia and why not adopt them and get a certificate to show your support of Europe’s biggest bear sanctuary?
If you want to visit the sanctuary and see the bears for yourself, take a look at the sanctuary website at: http://ampbears.ro/en/bear-sanctuary . The tours start each day from Tuesday to Sunday from 9, 10 and 11 AM. Please make your visiting reservations by calling the sanctuary main office in Brasov on: +40 268 471 202, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also read the full story of Gina and Sophia in the book – Bear Sanctuary http://amzn.to/pWBWaQ.