Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Meet Stepan, The 24-Year-Old Domesticated Bear Who Lives With A Russian Couple.

Was It Fate?

Was It Fate?

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All of a sudden, the phone rung so he went ahead and picked it up. But his heart froze after hearing those words. He didn't even flinch and quickly run to get his coat and run out the door. It was another typical chilly Russian afternoon, but that didn't stop him. He knew he had to do something fast, as every minute counted. That's when it hit him. This would be a long hunting season for the Panteleyenkos.

Just A Typical Family

Just A Typical Family

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Yury and Svetlana Panteleyenko were an ordinary couple from Russia. They didn't have any children yet, but they yearned for the day where they'd be able to have their very own bundle of joy. But Yury and Svetlana never imagined they'd end up adopting a pet that was, well, really unusual, (and on top of that, extremely dangerous!).

The Call That Changed It All

The Call That Changed It All

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When a close friend of the couple gave them a call one day, no one could've imagined it would end up changing the Panteleyenkos lives forever. Rostislav, a dear friend of the couple, had discovered something that left him bewildered. He had been visiting a local circus when he stumbled upon a bizarre discovery. He knew he needed help, so he called the one and only couple who was so unconventional, they'd probably know what needed to get done. Yury and Svetlana had always wanted to adopt a pet, but an animal this size wasn't exactly what they were thinking of.

He Was Pretty Roughed Up

He Was Pretty Roughed Up

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The poor helpless bear cub was crammed in a corner of the circus, all by himself. The other animals around him were shoving each other, trying to eat the crumbs, but that poor little bear didn't even try to reach for food. “We decided to feed the animals with bread, but one cub was not even allowed to approach the crumbs – he was beaten and shoved by the other cubs,” Svetlana recalls. “So he sat in the corner, the skinniest and most downtrodden of them all.” But then, the bear did something that would make Svetlana melt.

He Needed Love

He Needed Love

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“The cub saw my husband and ran to him, stuck to his earlobe, and began to rub [himself] on him,” she remembers. “That's when we realized that we had to save the cub and took him with us.” Yury and Svetlana wasted no time and approached the owner of the circus. They had one mission, and one mission only, but that's when they found out about the poor cub's story.

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