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Brwon bear Vesko

Rescue Vesko

3.12.2019

A victim of uncontrolled breeding in Bulgaria

On 15th of November 2019, bear Vesko was transferred to DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa, which is run in cooperation with Fondation Brigitte Bardot.

The transfer went smoothly, however Vesko showed very strong stereotypical behavior during the first days of his arrival. It took a few days for him to become more familiar with the new environment, so he stayed indoors and the team had him under their observation constantly. Vesko suffers from reduced gastrointestinal motility, therefore the team is treating him with several medications.

On 28th of November, it was a big day for Vesko, he was ready to take the first steps outdoors, and to leave his past behind him!

The team was very happy to see him so relaxed and with so much confidence exploring his new home. First, he marked a few trees and gradually started picking up the fruits and vegetables that the team placed earlier in his enclosure. Vesko seems to have a great appetite and he is eating everything offered to him, apart from kiwis.

Life in the past

For years this brown bear was kept in a temporary enclosure of Zoo Sofia, which does not provide sufficient space and species-appropriate living conditions. The zoo was aware of this unfortunate situation and searched for alternative solutions, however, due to Vesko's difficult health situation, all attempts failed.

Born in 2010, he was a victim of uncontrolled breeding. In 2011, Zoo Sofia got the bear from Zoo Varna, who weren't able to provide enough space and species-appropriate living conditions for Vesko.

In order to support the aim of Zoo Sofia to improve his situation, and upon request of the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water, FOUR PAWS took over Vesko to DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa. A vet check revealed that Vesko suffers from reduced gastrointestinal motility, therefore he is quite thin. In DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa, which is run in cooperation with Fondation Brigitte Bardot, Vesko will now be monitored closely and treated with several medications within the next weeks.