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Russian Woman Rescued A Bear From A Closed-Down Zoo, And They’re Best Buddies Now
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Russian Woman Rescued A Bear From A Closed-Down Zoo, And They're Best Buddies Now

Though Russia’s coat of arms is a double-headed eagle, the bear is the unofficial mascot of Russia, and some might say even more popular and widely associated with the country. While the rest of the world prefers cats and dogs, seemingly only Russians can prefer bears as pets. Today’s story is exactly about that.

Novosibirsk resident Veronica Dichka can proudly say that Archie is her trusty companion. Archie, who is also from Novosibirsk, was initially rescued from a circus by Maya Kirsanova as a cub. He lived in a safari park along with a few other bears until it had to close down due to the pandemic. As time passed, it became increasingly difficult to maintain the shelter, and that’s where the brave Veronica came into the picture and adopted him. It’s worth mentioning that Veronica previously worked with the bear on a few photoshoots, but was only an acquaintance to Archie. But now they’re inseparable, and the photos you’ll see below are a testament to their special relationship.

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Meet Veronica and Archie, a bear rescued from the circus two years ago because it didn’t get enough food

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Veronica adopted Archie later on, as the bear didn’t have a reliable shelter after the local zoo was closed due to the pandemic

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Archie was born in captivity, and couldn’t survive without the help of humans

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The unlikely couple are from Novosibirsk, Russia, and they have a jovial relationship

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Archie is very smart, knows a lot of tricks and is very disciplined

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Veronica is a model, a professional dancer, and a passionate fishing enthusiast

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Archie recently even joined Veronica on a fishing trip

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Archie is very well fed as opposed to before. He doesn’t even need to hibernate

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Veronica knows the true meaning of a bear hug

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They spend every day together

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Archie sees Veronica as a member of his family. They share food, Archie sleeps in her arms, and hides behind her when afraid

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Archie and Veronica are happy to have each other

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Aliquid A
Community Member
9 months ago

Her motivation seems more about getting good photoshoots, rather than caring about the welfare of the animal.

Troux
Community Member
9 months ago

Why can't it be both? Just because she wants attention doesn't mean she starves and abuses animals.

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Linda HS
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

As much as I love the fact that the bear was saved, I do not agree with this style of life for the bear. She is so much into posing and getting “likes” and so on, that I am afraid that everybody will want a bear or a lion or a tiger or something exotic to get “likes” and followers and so on…As I said, thank you for saving him, but this is just not ok.

Sark Aztik
Community Member
9 months ago

Most people aren't that stupid. They know bears are dangerous and steer clear of them. The situation in this article has happened on several occasions in Russia for over a decade now (at least on social media, mostly definitely longer outside of it) and a sudden "exotic pet" craze has not begun. I'm all for "do what you want if it only affects you.". If she wants to take the risk of having a bear instead of finding a more suitable home for it, that's her decision so long as she doesn't neglect it... just a very stupid one.

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Misty Tree
Community Member
9 months ago

At least she had a legitimate reason, but... You should never treat a wild animal like a prop. It's bad for the animal, and dangerous for you. If you want to "rescue" a wild animal, provide the same or a better enclosure than the zoo did, feed it and provide the enrichment, and then LEAVE IT ALONE.

Sark Aztik
Community Member
9 months ago

I too agree with saving a bear who can't live without humans and then leaving them to die because, you know, they can't live without humans. Would it not be smarter to actively look for a way to find some sort of sanctuary that would actually teach the bear to live on its own. What you propose is akin to saving the bear for moral brownie points and then just leaving it to die.

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Aliquid A
Community Member
9 months ago

Her motivation seems more about getting good photoshoots, rather than caring about the welfare of the animal.

Troux
Community Member
9 months ago

Why can't it be both? Just because she wants attention doesn't mean she starves and abuses animals.

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Linda HS
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

As much as I love the fact that the bear was saved, I do not agree with this style of life for the bear. She is so much into posing and getting “likes” and so on, that I am afraid that everybody will want a bear or a lion or a tiger or something exotic to get “likes” and followers and so on…As I said, thank you for saving him, but this is just not ok.

Sark Aztik
Community Member
9 months ago

Most people aren't that stupid. They know bears are dangerous and steer clear of them. The situation in this article has happened on several occasions in Russia for over a decade now (at least on social media, mostly definitely longer outside of it) and a sudden "exotic pet" craze has not begun. I'm all for "do what you want if it only affects you.". If she wants to take the risk of having a bear instead of finding a more suitable home for it, that's her decision so long as she doesn't neglect it... just a very stupid one.

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Misty Tree
Community Member
9 months ago

At least she had a legitimate reason, but... You should never treat a wild animal like a prop. It's bad for the animal, and dangerous for you. If you want to "rescue" a wild animal, provide the same or a better enclosure than the zoo did, feed it and provide the enrichment, and then LEAVE IT ALONE.

Sark Aztik
Community Member
9 months ago

I too agree with saving a bear who can't live without humans and then leaving them to die because, you know, they can't live without humans. Would it not be smarter to actively look for a way to find some sort of sanctuary that would actually teach the bear to live on its own. What you propose is akin to saving the bear for moral brownie points and then just leaving it to die.

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