June 15, 2012
Wania, a 26-year-old male bear, looks on from his cage in a private shelter in Korabiewice, near Warsaw. The Four Paws International Animal Welfare Foundation, together with Viva, a local nongovernmental organization, saved the last three privately kept bears in Poland. The three bears, originally abused by being forced to participate in dog fights and circus performances, had been confiscated and brought to Korabiewice, where they have been living in tiny concrete cages and suffering behavioral disorders and serious health problems. In cooperation with local authorities, Four Paws will transfer the bears to a new sanctuary in Poland.