Earlier this month,  a three-month-old brown bear 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.

At the onset, FOUR PAWS worked to save the cub by contacting 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 plenty of experience caring for orphaned bears.

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

FOUR PAWS bear expert Carsten Hertwig explains: 

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 Cisna, formerly named Puchatka, is being kept in the Rehabilitation Centre for Protected Species in Przemyƛl. 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 food distributions to help increase the cub’s weight.

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