Photos show the old zoo cage where 3 bears lived for 8 years
Now that the Romanian bear sanctuary has additional forest space, the sanctuary staff are planning to rescue the remaining bears kept in poor captive conditions in Romania. In late October 3 bears were moved to the bear sanctuary from Onesti zoo, in central Romania, where they had lived together for 8 years in one small cage.
This zoo had been closed for several years as they were unable to comply with European regulations which require improved conditions for animals kept in zoos. Yet even though closed, the zoo had kept the bears as they were hoping to improve their zoo at some stage. But finally the Onesti Zoo manager agreed to let the bears be taken to the forested sanctuary above the town of Zarnesti in Transylvania.
The bear sanctuary team spent two days driving hundreds of kilometres to and from the zoo to bring the bears to the sanctuary. Now all three bears are having their first taste of freedom in the quarantine area which gives them access to trees, earth and a water pool for the first time in their lives.
Before long, these three bears will be ready to join the many other rescued bears in the 27 hectares of forested sanctuary – the largest bear sanctuary in Europe.