Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
cubs, sibling brown bears Marko and Maria were captured in the Albanian
mountains after their mother was killed by hunters. For two long years, they
languished in tiny cages outside a restaurant in Tirana, Albania, barely surviving
on scraps of bread.
woman who was determined to rescue the bears from this miserable situation
contacted PETA for help. For nearly a year, PETA assisted the tireless animal
activist by reaching out to many animal protection organizations. In September,
a breakthrough in the case finally came when Libearty Bear Sanctuary, a large, reputable bear
sanctuary in Europe, agreed to help and arranged for Marko and Maria to be
transported to their new home in Romania. The two will now spend the rest of
their lives exploring 170 acres of lush forests, climbing trees, drinking from streams,
and swimming in pools with the 56 other bears who live at Libearty.
and Maria's lives were changed forever because someone cared
enough to get involved. If you know of an animal who is suffering—perhaps a dog
who is kept chained in a neighbor's
backyard—please be that someone. Take action. You can make a difference!
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