Happy Ending for Two Brown Bears Who Spent Years In a Cage Next to a Car Park

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Campaign succeeds in rescuing two bears from a desolate roadside zoo in northern Spain. They’ll be taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Romania.

Brown bear cage corner

Mimo and Aran, a male and a female brown bear, have been kept in a small, barren cage beside a car park in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees since 2011.

These bears were clearly miserable in the deplorable conditions and exhibited signs of ongoing sickness, stereotypic behaviour and depression. Footage shows one of the bears hunched over and breathing rapidly, indications of a potentially serious illness.

But luckily for these two intelligent, sensitive animals, compassionate people learned of their plight and sprang into action. A campaign by the local animal rights group FAADA called on the authorities to remove the bears from this squalid roadside zoo, where none of their needs could be met.

As FAADA pointed out, the facility where the bears have been exhibited does not have a zoo license and therefore appears to be illegal under Spanish law. And of course, keeping wild animals in captivity in this way is unquestionably cruel.

PETA UK and the Spanish group AnimaNaturalis also sent a letter to Catalan authorities, backing FAADA’s campaign to have the bears sent to a sanctuary.

And we’re delighted to announce that after years of negotiations, the hard work has paid off. The authorities agreed to let Mimo and Aran be transferred to a wildlife sanctuary in Romania, where they’ll be able to do all the things that bears love to do: climb trees, bathe in lakes, roam freely in forests and seek a mate among the other bears.

Brown bear close-up

Well done to everyone who was involved in this campaign! It’s a huge relief to know that these bears’ suffering is about to end and that they’ll finally have the freedom that they deserve.

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  • Red Chardonnay commented on October 10, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Love stories like this #ItMakesMyDay
    Once again thank you PETA Uk for all the hard work you do..

  • Sylwia Labecka commented on October 10, 2015 at 9:07 am


  • linda steeden commented on October 10, 2015 at 10:28 am

    thank goodness, that there are charities. like you that care for the welfare of these poor bears,have they gone to romania yet?

  • S. Mortimore commented on October 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Thankyou for the help these bears received. No animal should be stolen from their natural habitat and kept confined like this. It’s great there are some fantastic people about

  • jane commented on October 10, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I really cannot believe this is Spain once again, every animal in Spain must be at risk of torture and pain this is barbaric you are definitely not a nation of animal lovers quite the opposite.

  • kate Reinert commented on October 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    They have very much to little space, they belong in the mountains/forest!!!!

  • Pauline commented on October 11, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Absolutely agree,people have a choice and these poor animals don’t,it’s ridiculous that this ‘sport ‘as its called is still continuing in this day and age,disgusting

  • Sylvia commented on October 11, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful snd brave work. It makes my day.

  • Diane Smith commented on October 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Thank goodness PETA was there!

  • Ellen commented on October 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you for the good work that you do…

  • Ivanna commented on October 15, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Please help to save these 5 Ukrainian bears in miserable disgusting conditions. We can loose the chance https://www.indiegogo.com/…/building…/x/12296944…

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