The world’s loneliest bear wakes up in Alpine paradise after life in a cage in the Ukrainian circus

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The world’s loneliest bear has woken up from her first hibernation in an Alpine paradise after spending her entire life in a cage in the Ukrainian circus.

Jambolina, 12, was rescued by animal rights organization Four Paws, whose staff picked her up from her home in Ukraine and transported her on a 1,500-mile journey to her new home, the Arosa Bear Land reserve in Switzerland’s Arosa Mountains.

After years of torture and forced performing in front of the public, Jambolina was nervous and scared when she arrived, her caretakers said.

The world's loneliest bear has woken up from her first hibernation in an Alpine paradise after spending her entire life in a cage in the Ukrainian circus.

The world’s loneliest bear has woken up from her first hibernation in an Alpine paradise after spending her entire life in a cage in the Ukrainian circus.

Jambolina, 12, was rescued by animal rights organization Four Paws, whose staff picked her up from her home in Ukraine and transported her on a 1,500-mile journey to her new home

Jambolina, 12, was rescued by animal rights organization Four Paws, whose staff picked her up from her home in Ukraine and transported her on a 1,500-mile journey to her new home

After years of torture, in a small cage (pictured) and forced to perform in front of the crowd, Jambolina was nervous and scared when she arrived

After years of torture, in a small cage (pictured) and forced to perform in front of the crowd, Jambolina was nervous and scared when she arrived

But after hibernation, she is ready to enjoy the Alpine paradise after hibernation.

The 12-year-old was extremely cautious at first when she realized there was an open space outside the enclosure she lived in for the first weeks since the move.

Scientific Director of the Arosa Bear Land Dr. Hans Schmid said: ‘We expected this behavior and it is completely natural. Skepticism is an important survival strategy for humans and animals. ‘

But after taking a few hesitant steps and taking in the outdoor environment, Jambolina went to the pond and took a long bath.

The zookeepers described Jambolina as brave and smart, saying, “We are not surprised by Jambolina’s behavior and we are very happy that she found her way into the outdoor area after a short while.”

The 12-year-old was extremely cautious at first when she realized there was an open space outside the enclosure she lived in for the first weeks since the move.

The 12-year-old was extremely cautious at first when she realized there was an open space outside the enclosure she lived in for the first weeks since the move.

After taking a few hesitant steps and taking in the outdoor environment, Jambolina went to the pond and took a long bath

After taking a few hesitant steps and taking in the outdoor environment, Jambolina went to the pond and took a long bath

Jambolina's first steps into the outdoor space were eagerly observed by many visitors and Four Paws authorities

Jambolina’s first steps into the outdoor space were eagerly observed by many visitors and Four Paws authorities

Private ownership of bears in Ukraine is possible as long as they are not caught in the wild and are cubs of bears already in captivity

Private ownership of bears in Ukraine is possible as long as they are not caught in the wild and are cubs of bears already in captivity

Since the keepers were unfamiliar with the female bear’s past, they said they would closely monitor her future development.

Dr. Hans Schmid explained that they plan to introduce Jambolina to two other bears who have also been rescued and are being taken care of at the facility.

He said, “After a few weeks, when Jambolina becomes familiar with the natural terrain, we’ll leave her first with Meimo and then with Amelia.”

Jambolina’s first steps into the outdoor space were eagerly observed by many visitors and Four Paws authorities.

Four Paws Country Manager in Switzerland Alexandra Mandoki said: “Moments like this give me goosebumps and it’s just unbelievably beautiful to see how we can give the bears a new life.”

Jambolina was previously used as a circus bear in Ukraine, but her owners could no longer afford her because Covid's lockdown canceled all public performances of the circus.

Jambolina was previously used as a circus bear in Ukraine, but her owners could no longer afford her because Covid’s lockdown canceled all public performances of the circus.

Although Four Paws has a rescue center in Ukraine, it currently has 22 bears, which is the maximum capacity, so the charity reached out to the Swiss reserve for help.

Although Four Paws has a rescue center in Ukraine, it currently has 22 bears, which is the maximum capacity, so the charity reached out to the Swiss reserve for help.

Jambolina was previously used as a circus bear in Ukraine, but her owners could no longer afford her because Covid’s lockdown canceled all public performances of the circus.

This gave Four Paws the chance to rescue her and take her to a new life in freedom in the 28,000 square meter Swiss nature reserve.

Although Four Paws has a rescue center in Ukraine, it currently has 22 bears, which is the maximum capacity, so the charity reached out to the Swiss reserve for help.

Cages must be a minimum of 322sqft and 10ft high, but there is little control or punishment for rule violations

Cages must be a minimum of 322sqft and 10ft high, but there is little control or punishment for rule violations

Four Paws Ukraine director Taras Boiko said the rescue was a complex journey through Poland, Germany and Austria, especially with current travel restrictions

Four Paws Ukraine director Taras Boiko said the rescue was a complex journey through Poland, Germany and Austria, especially with current travel restrictions

A snowplow brought Jambolina safely through the snow masses at more than 2000 meters above sea level on the last leg of her journey

A snowplow brought Jambolina safely through the snow masses at more than 2000 meters above sea level on the last leg of her journey

She has been used as a circus bear since she was bought by her owner, just weeks after her birth in January 2009 at the Yalta Zoo in Crimea.

She has been used as a circus bear since she was bought by her owner, just weeks after her birth in January 2009 at the Yalta Zoo in Crimea.

She has been used as a circus bear since she was bought by her owner, just weeks after her birth in January 2009 at Yalta Zoo in Crimea.

Private ownership of bears in Ukraine is possible as long as they are not caught in the wild and are cubs of bears already in captivity.

Cages must be a minimum of 322 square feet and 3 meters high, but there is little control or punishment for violations of the regulations.

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