Balou has lived at the BEAR SANCTUARY since September 2012. He came together with his father Siggi. They came to us from the wild game enclosure in Hellenthal.

He was born in 2002 at the aforementioned enclosure,  where the welfare conditions were among the worst imaginable. Balou and his father, Siggi had no chance to retreat and find peace and quiet. There was no vegetation which could be accessed by the bears. An electrified fence separated the bears from the little greenery which there was.


Balou is with his 2.20 meters the biggest bear in the sanctuary. He weighs 300 kilogram and likes to try one's strength on the trees in the forest.

Balou is very playful. He likes to run through the forest, to take a bath in the pond and to fight with his father whom he lets win sometimes. Such a big bear has a distinct appetite. Balou has a love affair with bread and fish. 


Translated by Bryan Daniels, Kirchenstraße 14, 17213 Malchow

With 2.20 meters Balou is the biggest bear in the BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz.
© FOUR PAWS / Mihai Vasile



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