Couple Adopted Bear Cub 23 Years Ago – Here He Is Today!

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We all love to read stories about people who have exotic pets. Some people decide on a rare South American bird or a large reptile. There is a family in South Africa who owns a pet hippo. Watching unconventional household animals roam around a house is quite entertaining, to say the least.

Svetlana and Yuriy from Moscow, Russia adopted a brown bear named Stepan when he was a cub, and have been raising him ever since. Twenty-three years have gone by since they found the defenseless cub, and Stepan grew four times larger (but he is ten times more loveable).

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12. Bear Witness To Stepan’s Adoption

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Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko found Stepan when he was only a three-month-old bear cub. Without his mother to teach him how to hunt and survive, he would not have lasted very long in the harsh wilderness. The couple decided to take Stepan in and raise him as if he was their own child.
11. Bear Hugs All Around

Stepan is more than just a pet to Svetlana and Yuriy, he is part of the family. He was raised with so much love from the couple and he has never once shown any sign of aggression. As you can see, Stepan is a professional at giving huge bear hugs.

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10. Bear Witness To The Species Decline

Brown bears are native to Russia, Central Asia, Canada, the United States, and Scandinavia. They are one of the two largest species of land carnivore alive, matched only by their close cousins, the polar bear. Bear in mind, only around 200,000 brown bears exist today and their numbers dwindle with each passing year.

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9. He Couldn’t Be Fonder Of His Big Home

For 23 years, Svetlana and Yuriy have provided Stepan with the bear necessities needed to survive. Which makes it easy considering brown bears are diverse omnivores who can eat the widest variety of plants and meat out of practically any animal. Basically, bears can consume almost anything they come across.

8. Bear Fruit

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Almost 90 percent of a brown bear’s diet is made up of vegetation. Their front paws are practically made for digging up plants, so roots and fruit are an easy and sustainable source of nutrition. Stepan’s two personal chefs prepare his meals every day so one could say he is smarter than the average bear.

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