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Graeme's story

Graeme is a 25-year-old rescued bear, who loves foraging and relaxing in the forest. Caught as a cub, Graeme was illegally kept in a small cage entertaining a mining company’s clients. For years Graeme fought over the meagre scraps he and other bears were given. During one terrible fight, Graeme lost his right eye. Later on, Graeme was surrendered to a zoo in Baia Mare, Romania where he spent several years behind bars walking in stress circles in his tiny cage. Thankfully our partners Asociatia Milioane de Prieteni (AMP) rescued Graeme in 2013 and brought him to the Romanian bear sanctuary located near the town of Zarnesti. Today, he enjoys living in peace, along with 97 other bears.

Photo by: AMP
Left: Graeme in his cage just before his rescue. Right: Graeme enjoying the sweet freedoms of the Romanian bear sanctuary.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
– Anatole France