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FOUR PAWS saves orphaned bear cub in Poland


Update, 2016/11/05: Finally outside!


Do you remember the story of the motherless bear cub which was found by foresters in the mountains in south-eastern Poland? At the end of April we brought the female bear orphan, who has now been named Cisna, to our cooperation partner Zoo Poznan. Over the past few weeks Cisna has settled in well, so she has already been able to leave the indoor enclosure and make her first steps in the  temporary outdoor enclosure. The permanent, large enclosure will be built in the coming months to strict FOUR PAWS animal welfare criteria, so that Cisna can enjoy a life close to nature. But for now at least the bear cub is able to breathe fresh air again!


Soon we will also post a video about Cisna in her outdoor enclosure, so that you can see how she is doing there. Stay tuned!

Endlich wieder in der Natur ...
© VIER PFOTEN | Zoo Poznań

Update, 2016/24/04: The transport was successful!


The bear cub has finally arrived at Zoo Poznań. The Veterinarians of the Wildlife Station, where she was until now, have brought here safely to her new home. The bear cub needs to rest and adjust to her new surroundings. For the first few days, she will stay in the indoor enclosures until the vets decide that she is ready to be released in a temporary enclosure. In a few months the bear orphan will moved to a larger outdoor enclosure, which is built to strict animal welfare criteria by FOUR PAWS.

© FOUR PAWS | Zoo Poznań

The responsible authority decided that the bear cannot be reintroduced into the wild because there are no facilities/organisations in Poland that specialise in reintroducing bears back into the wild. Wildlife reintroduction requires a lot of experience and know-how. It can’t be done by simply releasing the bear back into the wild, it needs to be released in a special area and monitored additionally by experts and special staff. This cannot be done with the available resources in Poland at the moment. Furthermore, it is very likely that the bear cub has already become far too accustomed to the proximity of humans in the time since she was rescued.

The small bear weighs just 4.5 kg currently, but the team is hopeful she will gain more weight in the coming weeks.
© FOUR PAWS | Christiane Flechtner

Little Puchatka will find a new home in Poznan Zoo

Animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS and its cooperation partner Poznan Zoo, have decided to look after an orphaned bear cub that was brought to their attention while working to rehome two rescued captive bears in Poland.


Earlier this month,  the three-month old brown bear, which has been named Puchatka, was found by foresters in the mountains in south-eastern Poland and brought to the local wildlife rescue station. The whereabouts of her mother is unclear, yet it seems the cub was unattended for a long time and now needs proper care and a safe, appropriate home.

FOUR PAWS joined the process of saving the cub at a very early stage by establishing contact between a number of key stakeholders, including  Poznan Zoo, the local wildlife rescue station, scientists from Poland, Johanna Painer, an expert from from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and a number of FOUR PAWS’ own workers from its BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina in Kosovo, that have much experience caring for orphaned bears. 

The small bear weighs just 4.5 kg currently, but the team is hopeful she will gain more weight in the coming weeks.
© FOUR PAWS | Christiane Flechtner

FOUR PAWS is supporting the construction of an enclosure and will also help to cover the costs of the cub’s accommodation

Since the reintroduction of the cub back into the wild is not possible, FOUR PAWS and Poznan Zoo have agreed to accommodate the small bear in the zoo. The temporary 300 m² enclosure will be built together with Poznan Zoo within the next two weeks. It will be equipped with a privacy shield, covering little  bear from the eyes of visitors, so the cub will stay in an, appropriate environment without stress. Later the bear will be relocated to a bigger enclosure appropriate for her long-term accommodation.

At the moment the cub, which has been named Puchatka (“little bear” in Polish), is being kept in the Rehabilitation Centre for Protected Species in Przemyśl. The bear is located in a wooden house with enough straw to keep her warm and provide her with tactile stimulation from her surroundings. Puchatka is shy and avoids people, but visibly calms down when surrounded by certain vets she has become used to.


The small bear weighs just 4.5 kg currently, but the team is hopeful she will gain more weight in the coming weeks. The feeding schedule drafted by FOUR PAWS specialists includes regular, vast food distributions to help increase the cub’s weight.


Bear cubs like Puchatka usually rely on their mothers’ to keep them clean by licking their fur, however, as this is not possible for Puchatka, the vets are using wet towels to maintain her hygiene. Additionally, the vets have taken a test of the cub’s blood, the results of which will be available very soon and will enable the vets to take a closer look at Puchatka’s health condition.