Jul 2017



Potap is now able to enjoy a peaceful life in a near-natural environment.

This is Potap, who was born in a zoo in the Ukraine in 2008. After Potap was sold, he was kept in a tiny 26 square foot cage. The ceiling was so low that he could hardly stand upright. It was positioned near a restaurant in order to 'attract' visitors. When the owner of the restaurant had to give up his business, Potap was fed provisionally by local activists.

But now Potap is safe! 

We rescued him in July 2017 and brought him to our BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr! Here Potap can stay for the rest of his life. We're happy he is now in the best possible hands and will be well taken care of by our animal care takers.

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Today, Potap lives in our BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr where he is able to experience what it means to be a bear. He loves to bathe in his own pond, plays with enrichment, and enjoys finally being able to stretch his legs.

FOUR PAWS has constructed a bear sanctuary near the Ukrainian city of Lviv. BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr currently covers 19 acres and provides a species-appropriate home to bears rescued from deplorable keeping conditions. 

Over the next few years, the sanctuary will be extended to cover approximately 49 acres with space for thirty suffering bears. 

By constructing BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, FOUR PAWS has created a sustainable home for rescued bears and assisted the Ukrainian government in its efforts to implement the ban on keeping bears for bear-baiting. 

FOUR PAWS calls for the tightening of existing legislation to ensure the keeping of brown bears on hunting stations, in restaurants, and hotels is prohibited and that bears in Ukraine will no longer be exposed to suffering in the future.

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