A Friend Like No Other – A Bear’s Tale

In Moscow, Russia there’s a friendship like no other you’ve ever seen. Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko live with Stepan, a domesticated bear! Stepan was orphaned at three months old and was discoverd by hunters in a forest all alone and in a terrible condition. Svetlana and Yuriy decided to adopt him and to try and give him a loving home.

Skip forward 23 years, and Stepan has grown into a gentle bear who even helps out around the home by watering the plants. “He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all. We have never been bitten by Stepan.” says Svetlana. He even loves to watch the TV.

A big bear has a big appetite and Stepan gets through 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs every day! Part of his fitness regime is a good game of football but he’s mostly kept busy with photo-shoots and even acts in the movies! As these photos show Stepan is a really lucky bear to have found such a loving home after such a tragic start in life.

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