‘Puppy’ Found In Backyard Is Saved Once — But Now He Needs Help Again

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It all started with good intentions. 

In February, a man looked into his front yard and saw a tiny brown ball of fur.


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“Originally the man thought he had found a puppy,” Four Paws International, an animal rescue and advocacy organization, wrote in a press release provided to The Dodo.


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But there was something a little off about this “puppy.” He didn’t make quite the right sounds and his claws seemed a bit too sharp.

“On closer inspection,” Four Paws wrote, “it was clear the animal was a brown bear.”


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The authorities were on their way to supposedly bring the bear cub back to the forest and reunite him with his mom — at least, that’s what they said. 

But something shocking happened.


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The rangers of Kosovo’s Sharr Mountains National Park, where the cub’s mother lives, decided to keep the cub in a basement, even though it is illegal to keep bears as pets


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“The cub is still being kept by the national park management in the basement of a restaurant which belongs to a ranger,” Four Paws reported this week. “The cub has little chance to move and rarely sees daylight.”

A member of Four Paws even filmed undercover footage showing where the bear cub is being kept, in wooden crate in a dark basement.There’s a bear sanctuary nearby that would be the perfect place for the displaced cub to go — he’ll be able to grow up safe and in the company of other bears. But the government currently is refusing to hand the cub over.


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“It is shocking that the government does not abide by its own laws,” Carsten Hertwig, a bear expert at Four Paws, said.  

Each moment that passes is a moment this baby bear isn’t getting the care he needs — and that’s why Four Paws is encouraging people to speak up for the little animal. 


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“We have … launched a worldwide protest,” Hertwig said. “Every day the bear has to spend in the dark and filthy basement is one day too many.”

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