- A couple in Russia adopted a 3-month old bear they found in the forest
- 23 years later, Stephan has become a domesticated bear and takes part in their daily activities
- Stephan is into gardening, outdoor sports, TV, and even tea
Living in the 21 century and not owning a pet animal is a rare thing to find. Almost everyone finds time to welcome a furry animal into their homes. Apart from offering these tame creatures food and a roof over their heads, they also receive love and affection from kind keepers.
Before, the variety of choices were only limited to either dogs or cats. But nowadays, a wide array of options exists – some opt to live with birds, others take home rabbits or hamsters. In stark to the more popular selections, a number wished to divert from domesticated animals and try to strike a relationship with those from the wild instead.
There were already plenty of reports wherein people house the most unexpected of those belonging in the animal kingdom; lions or tigers get attached to people who rescued them while they were still a cub, and one couple even considered a hippopotamus, managing to save it when it was in the brink of death, as their own child. With all those being said, it is no longer a shock when another set of couple accepts a bear as a member of their family.
Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko from Russia live with their domesticated bear that they call Stephan. The poor bear was found in the forest by hunters, separated from others of its kind and was in a bad condition. The couple took sympathy on the 3-month old Stephan then, and decided to adopt him.
Stephan proved to be fully equipped with bear-necessities as he takes part in the daily activities of the couple. He helps them with their gardening, bonds with them through outdoor plays and appreciates television shows, he also joins them as they read and likes to sip tea. What else can this fluffy bear do? Oh, he also cuddles.
The couple shares that Stephan is very sociable and has never bitten nor harmed anyone in the 23 years of living with them. -HB, Kami Media