Vets in Poland are working to save brown bear cubs

An exhausted young brown bear found in the snowy woods in southeastern Poland is recovering, but remains in a life-threatening condition, a veterinarian says


WARSAW, Poland — An exhausted brown bear cub found in snowy woods in southeastern Poland is recovering, but remains in a life-threatening condition, a veterinarian said Tuesday.


In a “good sign”, the veterinarian who cared for him, Jakub Kotowicz, said the young male, named Ada, had eaten two meals on Tuesday morning before he was given medication and placed in a warm cabin.

“But his condition is serious and neurological symptoms persist,” Kotowicz, deputy director of the Przemysl veterinary center in southeastern Poland, told The Associated Press.

It can be caused by exhaustion, certain nervous system infections, or parasites. Ada is undergoing a very detailed examination and diagnosis, Kotowicz said.


The cub, apparently born in the spring of 2021, was found by a forester on Monday rocking alone in the snow near a creek.

There were wolf tracks nearby, and some blood, but no sign of his mother. Local forestry authorities decided to capture him and send him to the Protected Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Przemyhir, said Maciej Szpiech, a spokesman for the local forestry department.

The goal, says Szpiech, is to eventually release the cubs into nature.


In 2016, the center rescued a young female bear, which was later sent to a zoo in Poznan, western Poland.

Brown bears are rare in Poland and are strictly protected, with numbers not exceeding 100.

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