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Slovenian bear cub put in Romania’s shelter after ‘kidnap’

A wild bear cub which was adopted by a Slovenian family, then apparently kidnapped, has finally been settled in a home for orphaned bears in Romania, the BBC informs. Lucky was fitted with a GPS collar on his arrival in Harghita. The male cub charmed Slo­venia with his antics, including hugging the family dog and playing on the furniture.

The family wanted to build a permanent enclosure for the brown bear but were persuaded he would become too big and dangerous, and should go to a shelter. But before he could be removed, he disappeared, apparently stolen.

“Just one day before our team of experts arrived, his enclosure was broken into and the young bear was kidnapped,” said Johanna Stadler, director of Four Paws, an animal welfare charity. After police were involved and the charity offered a 1,100-euro reward, the bear was recovered from a young man who said he had found the cub.

Police said they were still investigating the bear’s disappearance, and whether he was indeed stolen. Now about five months old, it is believed the cub was abandoned by his mother. He has become known as Lucky, or just Medo (Slovenian: Bear), and has captivated sections of the press in Slovenia, a mountainous state with a brown bear population.

The cub has now been taken by Four Paws to a bear orphanage in Harghita, Romania, which prepares bears for a return to the wild.

“There, he will be cared for by our top experts. In a few years he will then be able to return to his home in Slovenia,” said Ms Stadler.

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