She saves a bear cub from a troubled zoo and it becomes her pet - now they are inseparable
We are all used to thinking of a pet like a dog or a cat, at most a bird in a cage or an exotic fish inside a transparent tank full of water. Instead, there are some very remote realities far from the noise of the big cities where some people keep decidely less common animals as pets: just think that this woman who lives in Siberia has managed to convince a bankrupt zoo to give a bear cub, who is now practically inseparable from her!
via Daily Mail UK
Her name is Veronika Dichka, she lives in the town of Novosibirsk, in northern Siberia, and has become famous on the web thanks to her photos published on Instagram, where she tells with funny and at the same time evocative images of her extraordinary friendship with Archie, a bear that he adopted from a zoo that was going bankrupt.
Basically, this bear was just a cub when the local zoo in the North Siberian city that owned it filed for bankruptcy; the imminent closure of the place meant that Archie would have nowhere to stay, and so this caring, animal-loving woman heard about his uncertain fate and asked if she could adopt the bear; and the zoo accepted!
Veronika said of her incredible relationship with the bear Archie in an Instagram post: "Archie sees me as a member of his family. We share food, he sleeps in my arms and when he's afraid and hides behind me. We rescued him from the bankrupt zoo but we cannot release him into the wild because he has lived in captivity all his life. Archie spends every day with us and is madly in love with the water. He really likes it when I take him to new places, so this session where we went fishing together was a real pleasure for him! "
Since they are not endangered animals, brown bears can be treated as domestic animals in Russia, at least as far as the Siberian region is concerned; in Archie's case, the fact that he was rescued from captivity may have given the owner special permission, especially as his entire brown bear family was bred in captivity, so he would not be able to fend for himself in a forest.
And judging by Veronika's photos, Archie seems to have a lot of fun spending the day with his favorite human, don't you think?
The friendship between a human being and a bear is not something you hear about every day, but certainly the extraordinary and sweet testimony of Veronika's rescue of this brown bear helps us understand that everything in life is possible: just live in Siberia and adopt a bear cub from a bankrupt zoo. Easy, right?