I recently watched @BBCTwo
series called #GrizzlyBearCubsAndMe
about a #Russian
family who rescue orphaned #BearCubs
and rehabilitate them for release back into the wild. They have saved the lives of over 200 babies.
sadly get orphaned a lot in the wilds of #Russia
due to #Hunters
killing their mothers or #Logging
companies destroying their #Forest
homes and dens.
spent 8 months in Russia to raise the cubs pictured. They were so weak and vulnerable it looked as though they wouldn’t make it but Gordon and the family provided 24 hour care.
It was fascinating to watch the process. The humans never spoke around them so that they’d never get accustomed to human voices. Contact was minimised to feeding times. The cubs slept in boxes that resembled #Bear
dens. They were taken to the wilderness to learn to climb and to lakes to learn to swim. They were taught to fear humans for their own safety.
They eventually got released into the #Wild
for good, which was very emotional to watch. If you swipe across you can see footage of one of the #Bears
They were fitted with collars to track their whereabouts. The collars are designed to fall off after a year so as not to cause them any discomfort as they grow. As per the third video if you swipe across, the collars have shown that all six babies managed to successfully hibernate in dens for the winter proving the rehabilitation to be a success.
This is true #Humanity
- people helping rather than hurting #Animals
. I really hope these beautiful bears will manage to evade evil #Bear
hunters and greedy logging companies so that they can live full lives in their natural habitat. As per the final pic, @BornFreeFoundation
were so moved by the programme that they have offered to help.
P.S. Please never visit bears in #Zoos
is the natural born right of all sentient beings.
Caption @a_lallie_ #a_lallie_
Pics/Vids ©️ @bbctwo @obrcrussia @gordonjbuchanan @bornfreefoundation