Five-year-old Mikola the bear is a lucky survivor after being rescued from dreadful conditions in the Kemerovo region, as footage filmed on Sunday shows.
Mikola the black bear was a star of the travelling circus until it was kicked out for unfitness for work. Yurii Maslov took the animal to save its life but «due to personal circumstances,» the new owner found he was not able to keep the animal... Еще anymore.
The bear lived in an extremely small and oftentimes uncleaned cage. Maslov, who works in the neighbouring village, has come rarely to feed the animal. Locals were alarmed as the hungry and furious animal could easily harm someone.
Once the bear even tried to escape and scared all who was around. It was seen walking freely in the village. A couple of days after the incident Mikola the bear was found unable to move in its cage. Locals even claimed that Maslov gave some psychotropics to the animal and left him to die alone. The owner denies everything.
«The bear has all the fur in the mud, all in faeces. Unsanitary conditions here do not meet the requirements of veterinary medicine, in my opinion.» Valery Fedorov, head of the Department for the protection of wildlife of the Kemerovo region said.
Department for the protection of wildlife of the Kemerovo region employees and local authorities took the situation under control. Mikola the bear was transferred to Tanai Wildlife Park for a further rehabilitation just three days after its story appeared.
«Everyone found out about sorrowful conditions of this bear's keeping it was decided that we took the bear with us,» veterinarian Alexey Bukatin said.
The Department for the protection of wildlife of the Kemerovo region initiated the probe into Mikola the bear case.