Normally, bears have a widely varied diet consisting of things like vegetation, berries, and other animals, But for years, three bears were trapped inside a metal cage and fed only beer.
The three bears, called the ‘beer bears,’ spent years chained inside a dirty metal cage next to a restaurant in Albania and were given only beer and sometimes small bits of bread to survive. The horrible conditions and poor nutrition left bears Pashuk, Tomi, and Gjina starved and anxious.
But everything changed when rescuers from Four Paws freed them and brought them to the Prishtina Bear Sanctuary. After getting used to their new surroundings and their new diet, the bears began to relax for the first time in years and have completely transformed.
“The most amazing thing to see is how they run in the enclosure,” said Albana Hoti, the chief keeper at the sanctuary. “Since the first day, since they touched the grass, they were very happy, and you could see their faces smiling… Gjina was fed maybe 20 beers per day when she was in the cage next to the restaurant. She was eating some bread, but nothing more. Gjina would sometimes get stressed without any reason. And before, Gina was afraid just to touch the water in the pool.” However, now Gjina spends her days playing in the pool and running through the grass.
“They are real bears now,” Hoti said. “They’re not treated badly anymore. They look perfect now, compared to the time when they were in cages.”
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