Bears are one of the most dangerous and powerful animals in the wild, which is why Albanian rescuers were heartbroken when they found a bear tragically cowering in the dirt with heavy chains wrapped around his neck.
Although it is illegal to keep bears like Riku in dreadful conditions or trade them, he has spent his entire life chained up and being neglected by a monster who kept him alone in the backyard. Recently, the man decided he no longer wanted the bear and rescuers from Four Paws came to free the poor animal
When they arrived, Riku was frantically trying to bite at his chains and was clearly in distress, so the team tranquilized him before finally cutting him free from the chains that weighed him down for years.
After freeing him, the team carried Riku into a transport crate and brought him to his temporary new home in the Tirana Zoo until they can find him a permanent home in a bear sanctuary. “The large number of bears rescued this year shows that the Albanian environment ministry is now actively protecting Albania’s bears,” said Thomas Pietsch, a wild animal expert at Four Paws.
Watch the entire video below to see the amazing moment this bear is freed of his chains for the first time in his life.
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[Featured image: Four Paws]