This is the heart-warming moment when a brown bear and its cubs were released into captivity after a decade in captivity.
Dasha and her one-year-old cubs Luka and Coco can be seen racing across mountain meadows and exploring their new territory.
The Syrian brown bear had spent 10 years in a tight cage, half submerged in water as part of a tourist attraction near the capital Yerevan.
Dasha and her one-year-old cubs Luka and Coco can be seen racing across mountain meadows and exploring their new territory
Dasha surprised her rescuers when she gave birth to two young ones while they became healthy again – and all three were released earlier this month
Brit Alan Knight, Chief Resource International Animal Rescue, said: & # 39; This is the happy ending we've all hoped for & # 39;
Dasha would wander in the cage for days and climb his bars in a desperate attempt to escape – while guests watched from a nearby restaurant.
These brown bears, and much more like them, have lived their entire lives in small cages for the entertainment of diners and shoppers throughout Armenia.
The former Soviet country has long had a tradition of catching and keeping bears, and despite progress in many other areas, animal rights have remained behind in Armenia.
Dasha had been kept behind a welded metal cage for ten years while diners watched them from a restaurant on the river (photo)
The bears were kept behind bars in a fence near the capital Yerevan, where they had been at the mercy of bored guests for the past ten years.
After a public outrage about their living conditions, the two malnourished and traumatized animals were finally released
But after MailOnline emphasized their plight, readers donated thousands of pounds and the two malnourished and traumatized animals were finally released.
Dasha, a female bear, was rescued by workers from the British charity International Animal Rescue (IAR) and the local federation for the conservation of flora and fauna (FPWC) in October 2017.
Photos show firefighters cutting open their cages before British and Armenian rescuers numbed them and transported them to a huge new room high up in the mountains.
The animals became quiet before the fire department used cutting equipment to create an opening in their metal cage
Misha and Dasha, who were kept for the entertainment of customers in a cage half submerged in water in a riverside restaurant – were loaded on a truck to be transported to a purpose-built sanctuary high in the mountains
Freedom: at least eight rescue workers were needed to bring each of the bears from their cage to the bank of a river to safety
Misha and Dasha were placed in individual transport containers before being loaded onto a truck and taken to a spacious new space in the mountains
She was rescued together with another bear, Misha, who has since died of medical complications.
Dasha surprised her rescuers when she gave birth to two young ones while they became healthy again – and all three were released earlier this month.
Alan Knight, head of International Animal Rescue at Sussex, said: “At first we thought Dasha had fallen ill, but it soon became clear that she was pregnant. First a small head appeared, then we realized that another cub was coming. It was a great moment. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; This is the happy ending we have all hoped for. & # 39;
Mr. Knight said: & # 39; Dasha has been through years of misery and hardship in a cafe, now she has the freedom to live the way nature intended & # 39;
He continued: & # 39; We are happy that her cubs were born in such a new, natural environment, instead of starting life behind bars & # 39;
Dasha was too light and had a matt coat when she was rescued in October 2017 and the bear received veterinary treatment before hibernation, to give birth to only two cubs in one of the charity enclosures in March 2018
Noticing Coco was appalled in her cage, Dasha darts back and lingers until the girl runs out of cubs and catches up with Luka
Since their rescue, the bears lived in a special area (pictured) with minimal human contact, a crucial step for survival in the Armenian hills
& # 39; Dasha has gone through years of misery and hardship in a cafe, now she has the freedom to live the way nature intended.
& # 39; We are happy that her cubs were born in such a new, natural environment, instead of starting life behind bars. & # 39;
Dasha was too light and had a matte coat when she was rescued in October 2017.
The bear received veterinary treatment before wintering in the winter, but in March 2018 he gave birth to two cubs in one of the charity enclosures.
If all goes well, Dasha, a woman, and Misha, a male, are the first of up to 80 bears who will free the charity from hellish conditions throughout Armenia
The bears were kept in a welded cage in the restaurant for 10 years and were described as malnourished after their rescue
But after MailOnline emphasized their plight, readers donated thousands of pounds and the two malnourished and traumatized animals were finally released
Since the rescue, the bears lived in a special area with minimal human contact, a crucial step to survive in the Armenian hills.
Dasha, Luka and Coco were sedated and lifted into individual transport crates and driven into the mountains above the shelter.
All three cages were opened simultaneously with Luka and Dasha racing in the mountain wind.
When she noticed that an apprehensive Coco was still in her cage, Dasha leaned back and lingered until the maid ran out and caught up with Luka.
Lifeguards say that many trapped bears alleviate boredom and frustration by endlessly walking back and forth, banging their heads against the wall, or climbing the bars & # 39;
In the former Soviet Republic, major steps have been taken in education and social conditions since communism fell. But the keeping of bears – in factories, in restaurants and even in shopping centers – remains
Since Dasha & # 39; s successful rescue, the IAR has launched The Great Bear Rescue, aiming to free dozens of caged bears in Armenia
IAR employees have provided Dasha with a GPS collar to follow the movements of her and her cubs.
Mr. Knight said, "By pairing her with a collar, we can collect data on animals that have been reintroduced, which is invaluable in planning future release operations."
The former Soviet country has long had a tradition of catching and keeping bears, where it is not unusual to see a caged bear next to a restaurant, a bus depot or a shopping mall.
Since Dasha & # 39; s successful rescue, the IAR has launched The Great Bear Rescue, aimed at freeing dozens of caged bears in Armenia.
To support the campaign visit; https://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/greatbearrescue
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