An orphaned and lonely bear cub in the forest adopted by his family finds hope for life and a new life after a trip to the forest.

Owning a pet is one of life’s great joys. But there are some pet owners who aren’t content to have an everyday mutt or tabby–no, they have to have a pet that’s different from everyone else’s. This is why, for example, new dog breeds are being created every year. Or why the exotic animal trade in the US is worth about $15 billion a year. But even the most choosy pet owner pales in comparison to Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, who have their very own bear.

His name is Stepan. Despite the fact that he stands at over 7 feet tall, he weighs over 300 pounds, and he could maul anyone at any time, Stepan is just another member of the family.

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Svetlana and Yuriy, who live in Moscow, adopted him when he was only three months old. They got him from a group of hunters who found him in the woods, alone and weak. Svetlana and Yuriy nursed him to health.

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Now 25, Stepan’s daily diet consists of 25 kilograms of fish, eggs, and vegetables. That’s over 55 pounds of food.

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Svetlana and Yuriy’s nurturing influence has made Stepan much gentler than a typical brown bear. According to the couple, he’s never bitten anyone, and he loves to meet people. They’ve even hired him out for a wedding.

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When he’s not the life of the party, Stepan enjoys outdoor sports, snuggling on the couch, and an occasional cup of tea.


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