This Russian Couple Live With A 300lb Bear They Rescued As A Cub


Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko live a normal life in Moscow, Russia, apart from one very unusual pet — a 300lb domesticated bear named Stepan.


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The couple adopted Stepan after hunters found him alone and injured in the woods when he was just three months old.


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Now, 23 years later, Stepan is 7ft tall and enjoying life with his human family. “He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear,” says Svetlana.


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“Despite what people might think, he’s not aggressive at all. We never have been bitten by Stepan.”


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Although it’s not easy caring for Stepan, who eats 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs every day, Svetlana and Yuriy are rewarded with tons of fluffy bear cuddles.


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And great photo opportunities.


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Stepan apparently loves chilling out and watching TV.


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Even if he does take up the whole sofa.


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And he’s even got the hang of watering plants to help Yuriy with the gardening.


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He gets his exercise every day playing ball with the Panteleenkos.


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We want one!


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You can get a glimpse of family life with a giant pet bear in the video below.

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