Ukrainian troops find traumatized bear curled up in private zoo after Russian soldiers fled town, leaving neglected beast in ‘terrible condition’
- Ukrainian forces finally liberated Lyman in eastern Ukraine last weekend
- Troops find bear abandoned in squalid conditions after Russian occupation
- Ukrainian charity UAnimals was able to save the bear and begin treatment
- The organization helped evacuate and protect animals from war
Ukrainian troops have found a trapped bear in a “terrible condition”, abandoned by Russian forces after the key town of Lyman was liberated on Sunday.
Soldiers found the animal locked in a small enclosure at a private zoo, surrounded by debris from a shell that exploded nearby.
The bear has since been rescued by UAnimals, a charity working to care for and evacuate animal victims of the invasion.
The organization says it is transporting the bear to a wildlife rescue center for treatment, where it will be rehabilitated once its condition improves.
Volunteers rescue a confused bear after the liberation of Russian-occupied Lyman
The bear will be taken to the Wildlife Rescue Center for treatment.
When healthy, the animal will go for rehabilitation at Arden Predator Park
Yesterday afternoon, UAnimals posted on Facebook: “As soon as our heroic armed forces liberated Lyman and the territory around it from Russian occupation, they immediately found a bear locked in an enclosure in a private zoo.
“The invaders brutally dealt with most of the wild animals kept there, but the bear remained alive.
“Although he was in terrible condition and bruised from a shell that hit the house where he was sitting.
“Three meters from his enclosure, everything is destroyed.
The bear is most recently seen in the October 5, 2022 post with dirty, matted fur in a small cage.
It is unclear if Russian forces left the animal in the cage during the occupation or if the cage is being used to transport the animal.
In a Daily Mail exclusive in May, the paper reported that British Army veteran Tom, 34, rescued another bear from miserable living conditions at a tourist resort in Chernivtsi, south-west Ukraine.
In August, the MailOnline reported that hundreds of dogs were also found dead at an animal shelter in Ukraine after Russian occupiers left them to starve in their cages for weeks.
Russian occupiers starved hundreds of dogs for weeks in Borodyanka shelter
Borodyanka’s UAnimals shelter said the dogs were locked in their cages by Russian forces
UAnimals said up to 485 dogs were locked in their cages at a shelter in Borodyanka, just north of Kyiv, by Russian forces soon after they invaded on February 24.
Lyman was ‘cleared’ by Ukrainian forces over the weekend, with Ukrainian President Zelensky saying the important town was ‘fully cleared’ on Sunday.
You can support UAnimals here.