Conservationists in northern Greece are taking care of three orphaned bear cubs — two males and one female — that were found in Bulgaria.
Arcturos workers are nursing the animals back to health and will rehabilitate them to Bulgaria next year.
Jonas, Radostina (‘Joyful’ in Bulgarian) and Mitko (‘Little’) were rescued near the village of Batounci in Bulgaria by its residents. and sent to Arcturos. A local organization hosted them in a shelter in Belitsa.
There they stayed for a few weeks in a separate place from the rest of the animals so they did not come in contact with people.
Arcturos was contacted to house and care for the orphans. They will stay in Greece for a few months until released back into the mountains of Bulgaria, according to international rules.
Arcturos is the only organization in the southern Balkans that maintains an Orphan Bear Re-integration Program. This program is being implemented at the International Environmental Center created with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.