Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Disgusting Hunters Used This Bear As “Bait,” Now Watch Her Run Free For The First Time.

If you had stumbled onto this land in Terebovlya, Ukraine recently, you might have kept on driving. After all, there's nothing that would grab your attention. There are just a couple of buildings, lots of grass, and trees, but not much else. But until recently, there was a secret lurking in one of the corners of this compound.

There was a cage, and inside that cage was a brown bear named Kvitka, who had to endure one of the worst living conditions ever for several years. But there was some hope for the creature who had spent most of her life in captivity.

This is Kvitka. She had spent 6 of her 8 years of life living inside this hideous tiny cage.

Before she got locked up in this crummy and hideous cage, she used to live in a station that looked just like this one in Eneyko. But while she was here, the only time she was allowed outside of her cage was for an inhumane practice known as bear baiting.

It turns out that this station is a baiting station used to train bears and dogs for illegal dog fights.

The baiting station is located in Terebovlya, Ukraine, which Four Paws International managed to infiltrate in order to record footage of what was really going on here. What they found were bears that were chained to a post while hunting dogs that circled them, but many of the bears were malnourished.

Kvitka had endured years of suffering, but on June 27, the bear was finally freed from the cage.

Like her fellow brethren, Kvitka's nails had been removed so that she wouldn't have been able to harm the dogs during the training exercise, but her teeth showed signs of being worn down, which the members of Four Paws International deduced was caused by Kvitka gnawing on her cage.

Four Paws International had negotiated with Kvitka's owner for months before settling on an agreement.

The rescuers then took Kvitka to Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr, a rescue center which is run by Four Paws. In fact, seven other bears, who had suffered conditions similar to Kvitka were now living peacefully in the sanctuary.

Rescuers had to sedate Kvitka to carry her on her 100-mile trek to the sanctuary, but she needed help.

Kvitka had a fractured tooth, which was festering, according to Marc Gölkel, a vet from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. It became important to operate on her immediately before releasing her into her new life.

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