Brown bear, name Balu and Pola, male. Date of birth: 2010
In 2010, poachers in Borjomi have killed female brown bear whose cubs Balu and Pola were captured and brought to sell! Cubs were so tiny that buyer could not feed them and referred the shelter. We have received cubs in the same day – a complex and long time we needed to save and feed them. Cubs could not eat independently and we have used dummies for several months. During this time, cubs become depended to people and we could not return them in the wildlife, so they continue to live in the shelter.
Brown bear, Name Lela, female. Date of birth: 2009
Bear Lela, as other bears, had long and hard life. Bear was captivated by the population in Kazbegi. Bear was placed in small aviary for 9 years to entertain tourists and receive profit. In 2018, bear’s owner, who tortured it for 9 years, died. Bear was left totally alone, hungry and within insanitary conditions. Referral was made to save the bear. After several days we have put bear in the shelter. Due to the hard life, bear was extremely aggressive and inadequate. Calm conditions and stable food-ratio calmed bear that friended other bears and easily adapted a new life.
Brown bear, names Davliane and Greko, male. Date of birth: 2015
Bear-cubs Davliane and Greko was consigned at our shelter in the month of April 2015. Cubs were at the age of 2 months, they said they were found at the edge of Racha and Tkibuli Forest. Cubs were injured – first one had head injury and the second one – back limb injury. We were significantly treating cubs at the shelter as they needed hourly feeding with dummy and treatment of injured places. Unfortunately, we could not set them free, due to several reasons, and they still live in the shelter.
Brown Bear, name Meraba, male. Date of birth: 2014
Bear named as Meraba was captured in the restaurant located at Akhaltsikhe for 2 years to entertain and fetch the guests. Bear was in severe conditions and at the same time it had skin disease, therefore, in 2016 we have decided to place it at Bear Shelter. The bear was aggressive and scared as restaurant staff told us that often drunk guests tortured him. Bear could not trust people due to the complicated and difficult life. We have maximally created safe and calm condition, medical examinations were done and right treatment recovered him. At this stage, bear is healthy and lives with other bears.
Brown bear, name Bubu, male. Date of birth: 2015
Bear named as Bubu was captured for 2 years in the yard of the Factory at Gardabani Region. Bear was placed in small reinforced-concrete aviary and insanitary conditions. According to the information of locals, bear was constantly roaring due to hunger and thirst. In 2017 we have decided to place bear in the shelter. Regardless of 2-years pain and suffer, the bear was calm and sociable, soon cohabited with shelter bears and lives with them.
Brown bear, name Tina, female. Date of birth: 2009
Bear named as Tina was illegally captured in 15 sq. m. aviary for 8 years by officer of state institution in city of Rustavi. As the employees of institution have said, the bear was one month old upon arrival and afterwards was staying in the small aviary. As the bear was adult, rehabilitation and returning to the wildlife become impossible, so in 2017 bear was placed in the shelter in relevant conditions and currently it lives with other bears.
Brown bear, name Duche, Male. Date of birth: 2016
Bear Duchina was strapped with chains in the garden by the population of Tsinandali, Kakheti Region. As told, cub was gifted by poachers at the age of 3 weeks. Cub was extremely scared and stressed due to fastening and inconvenient conditions so refused from food. After several weeks of hunger and stress, cub was consigned in the shelter. Cub was extremely thin and had severe gastritis. We have put cub in calm conditions and feed with special food. Currently cub is almost most beautiful bear in the shelter and securely lives with other bears.
Brown bear, name Masha, female. Date of birth: 1998
Bear named as Masha is the eldest bear in the Shelter – age of 22. Bear was captured in reinforced concrete aviary of restaurant at Rikoti Mountain Pass. As the employees of restaurant said, bear was several months old when put in the aviary and since then, over 21 years, was entertaining the guests. Apart from putting into hard conditions, they gave her alcoholic drinks and inconvenient food. In 2018, we have placed her in our shelter in half-natural conditions arranged for her. It was hard for Masha to adapt with bears and big space as she could barely remember the freedom.
Brown bear, Name Bela, female. Date of birth: 2016
Bear Beal was found in the forest of Samtredia Region in the age of 1 month and was bought for entertainment at home. Bear was strapped with chains for 3 years in the basement of house. They say that mother-bear was killed but cub was not immolated for dearth. After 3 long hard years, they referred to the shelter to consign. In 2019 bear was placed in the shelter. It was aggressive and thin, despite that bear was strapped for 3 years, it could not get along with such conditions. The big space and a lot of entertainment of the shelter calmed the bear, friended other bears and easily adapted a new life.