Bears who were formerly abused have nicer lives at a Bulgarian sanctuary. Despite the abuse they fled from, they still remain generous of spirit. They had to re-learn how to be bears. With patience and time, the bears started loving life again. They even made a new friend – a curious fox who shares apples with them.
13. Dancing Brown Bears
A cruel tradition in Bulgaria, the dancing brown bear was once the symbol of the nation. Bears were taken from their mothers and trained to dance for entertainment. To train them, people would oiled the bear’s paws and then force it to stand on a metallic plate on top of burning charcoal. The bears would be pulled up to stand on the back feet, as a person played a violin.