(09/09/2013) A rehabilitation center for retired dancing
bears sounds like a typo. Yet this is exactly what the animal rights NGOs Four
Paws and Foundation Brigitte Bardot created 13 years ago in Belitsa, Bulgaria.
For many Bulgarians the first childhood contact with a forest animal is seeing a
‘dancing bear’ on the street in their city. These chained brown bears (Ursus
arctos) would stand on their back feet waving their front paws on hearing their
gypsy master play the gadulka (a local musical string instrument). Children used
to admire the dancing bears; little did they know of the tragic fate of these
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Rescued bear at Four Paws. Photo by: Nicolas Cegalerba.