The Brown Bears of Bulgaria – Life After Dancing


(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
animals.

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Rescued bear at Four Paws. Photo by: Nicolas Cegalerba.
Rescued bear at Four Paws. Photo by: Nicolas Cegalerba.

Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0908-dimitrova-dancing-bears.html#syeSAjosbRWAFStA.99

 

 

 

 

7 comments on “The Brown Bears of Bulgaria – Life After Dancing

  1. willowdot21 says:

    It is so wrong to treat animals like this!

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    Oh I can’t stand the dancing bears. Rescuing them is so wonderful. Thank you for posting~

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    • The article blames Gypsies, But they were NOT the only ones with that miserable tradition. I’m glad, also, that folk made enough noise to have the practice outlawed. Now if we can just stop a few other bad habits …. Not all traditions are good.

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  3. Elephant says:

    This is heart warming. Not that the bears were abused, but that they at least had a chance to be bears for a while!

    Elephant

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