A Russian Couple Adopted An Orphan Bear 23 Years Ago, And They Still Live Together

The brown bear is one of the largest predators on Earth and one of the most dangerous wild animals. However, that doesn’t stop a couple in Russia from sharing their home with a giant bear for more than two decades.

Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, a couple from Moscow, Russia, met Stepan, the bear, when he was just three months old. The poor little bear was found in the forest, alone, crying for help. Most likely, he was an orphan. It was heartbreaking for Svetlana and Yuriy to see the cute puppy in such a terrible condition, so they decided to take him home and take care of him.

But the bear never left, and after 23 years, he still lives with his beloved humans who saved his life. Despite weighing around 200 kg, the couple says that Stefan is like any other furry friend. And believe it or not, the three of them even sit on the same couch to watch their favorite TV shows together.

Even though the bear has never lived in the wild and is domesticated, it isn’t easy to completely shut down its instincts. So it has to be treated with the utmost respect. After all, wild or domestic, the brown bear is still one of the most ferocious predators. Always, the couple says they are not worried that Stefan might harm them.

“He loves people, and he’s a gregarious bear, despite what people may think, he’s not aggressive at all,” Stefan’s human mother said. “We have never been bitten by him.” As for his special diet, the massive bear eats about 25 kg of fish, vegetables, and eagles every day.

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