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
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.