Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Teddy in Bärenwald

Ted is visiting Bärenwald (bear forest), a sanctuary for rescued bears in the Mecklenburg lake district.

"Since 2006, the BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz has provided mistreated and neglected bears with a safe and natural home.  At the time of writing, 16 brown bears live in the open air enclosure, which covers an area of some 16 hectares. " Source: The Bärenwald website

Here are some photos of Teddy's larger cousins:

Actually, real brown bears are a bit scary for tiny Ted, so he makes his escape whilst a bear looks the other way!

Ted's verdict: Bärenwald Müritz is doing a worthy job of rescuing bears. They are not kept in cages (like most of them used to be), but instead in large areas of forest where they live in their own natural dens and socialise as bears do in the wild. Fenced pathways through the forest allow visitors to observe the bears without disturbing them. Because the bears are roaming free, there is no guarantee that you will see all the bears (Ted saw six), but there are lots of other activities and information about bears to keep the young visitor engaged. Probably best not to visit them in Winter though, when the bears will be hibernating!

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