“Last weekend the Bears in Mind Foundation picked up a brown bear in Ukraine who had been living in appalling conditions for 18 years“, said in a press release the zoo of Rhenen, in the center of the Netherlands.
“The bear’s situation had deteriorated so much during the war that the foundation did everything to evacuate the bear from the war zone as quickly as possible.“, a perilous operation, continued the zoo, where the animal arrived on Sunday.
Kiriusha had been living in a tiny cage in a hotel complex for years, according to the Dutch zoo. The conflict in Ukraine aggravated the situation when its owner went into battle.
“Now that the war continues, the owners are no longer able to take care of the animal“, said Ingrid Vermeulen, director of the Bears in Mind foundation, which works for the well-being of bears.
“Food is becoming scarce and we find that these types of animals are now routinely being left behind due to the looming threat of war.“, added Ms. Vermeulen, quoted in the press release.
Kiriusha was a circus bear for the first 6 years of her life, before being placed in a hotel with a children’s camp, where she lived in a cage, on a concrete floor”with barely room to move“, according to the Ouwehands Dierenpark zoo in Rhenen.
After observing a period of quarantine, the animal will live with other bears that have been mistreated, in a forest managed by the foundation and the zoo.
Like other European countries, such as Belgium and Spain, the Netherlands has already taken in traumatized and undernourished Ukrainian felines.