The heartbreaking scenes show the moment when the owner of a bear that forced her to act in a circus for almost 20 years saw her being released in a sanctuary.
Coach Sasha handed his bear Masha – pronounced Marsha – to animal savior Lionel De Lange for Masha, meaning the end of a life being gagged, driven with a rope and doing tricks like skateboarding and jumping for hoops for an audience .
The video shows the moment when Masha leaves his cage to see that he is now free to roam in a new specially constructed 350 square meter sanctuary, after having previously been held in the back of a truck.
Sasha, who gave the bear to Lionel of the Earth Organization Lawrence Anthony (LAEO) and the SOS Zoo and Bear Rescue, watched from behind the wire mesh fence to see her in her new home.
The charities have already helped bears and big cats across Eastern Europe adapt after they have been released from captivity.
Finally: Masha is launched for the first time in nineteen years. Your captor Sasha has had it since he was a puppy
His first contact with freedom: up to this point, the bear was kept in a cage and forced to act in a circus act in Ukraine
Free: Masha received a new life thanks to lifeguard Lionel, of The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization
In Ukraine, animals such as bears, and even lions and tigers, are still forced to act in circuses, kept in terrible conditions in private collections, or caged in commercial premises to attract businesses.
There is no evidence that Sasha mistreated Masha, but Lionel said he would raise his legs apparently to protect his head and body when he saw the bar that used to guide her.
Barbaric: Masha is made to jump through hoops in the footage. Sasha says she was not mistreated
In a statement given to LAEO, Sasha said: "I was sad to give it away because it has been with me all my life and has been there every day.
"But I felt very good because I saw that they cared and that they had built a very good venue, I did not expect it to be as big as it is and as nice as it is."
Lionel said that now Sasha could help secure land that could be used to help other circus animals that people now do not want to keep.
Lionel said: Sasha has Masha as a puppy about three months old. She has lived in the back of a truck in a cage.
"She only had that box in the back, she did not even have the operation of the whole truck.
It can be 32C outside and she would be cooking in the back of that van.
"She has been her bear for so many years and strangely she wanted to come and see that she is going to a good place.
"The first time he brought her here, I told her to take her out of the back of the van, he wanted to show us tricks and things she could do, but we were not interested in that.
Lionel said that for him personally meant everything to not have to see animals like Masha perform again
"When we saw Sasha leave the next morning after Masha was released, he was inundated with tears."
Lionel said that for him personally it meant everything to avoid having to see animals like Masha acting again.
He said: It means a lot, to see that he does not have to act, not have to cringe before a metal rod.
"Any abuse of animals, from dogs and cats, to bears, lions and tigers, I do not like, so it makes me feel good to see them rescued."
"I feel good about Masha that we were able to do this and hopefully we can do much sooner."
Masha was forced to ride a skateboard, jump through hoops, be guided by a rope and, more discordant, made to use a muzzle
Lionel said he was not worried that the bear would miss his old life when he entered his new sanctuary.
He said: "From not even a box of one and a half meters to two square meters, up to 357 square meters of space with oak trees, fruit trees, soil and a pool, I think it will surpass any attachment to its old life.
"The new space she has is not huge, but we know she's going to have trouble adapting to an area anyway." Finance and others mean this is what we can offer for now, but it's better than leaving her in a van. the rest of his life.
Lionel claims that Sasha started crying when he had to leave her and that he would miss her because he had had her for so long.
Freedom: The animal lifeguard Lionel took her to the sanctuary but he says he will have trouble adapting to his new life having been in captivity for so long.
In the cage where it used to be stored, which is not even a box of one and a half to two square meters, at 357 square meters of space
"We will also build a night shelter where in winter you can sleep and it will be closed with sides that will be closed."
"We will feed it there and we can put it there with the sides down so that the workers can clean the sanctuary and the pool and add enrichment."
Lionel said the hope was to make Masha's new home a transition area and a place of safety for other rescued animals.
Beauty: Lionel said he hopes to make his new home a place where he can feel safe and expects visitors to come
Lionel with Masha. Lionel said he was not worried that the bear would miss his old life when he enters his new sanctuary
He said: All sanctuaries are full, we have three in Ukraine, one is government, another is full and then there is a very small one with five bears and neither can they carry any.
"Then, I am the only one who can take new bears and it will cost to feed and keep these bears and for the accounts of the veterinarians".
"It will be a place of refuge or sanctuary and we hope that visitors can come for a small fee." We can also do an education program & # 39;
To help with the work that Lionel and other volunteers are doing in Ukraine, visit: http://www.laeoukraine.org