Basia, together with Kasia, came to the BEAR SANCTUARY in June 2011 from the mini zoo in Lezno, Poland. She was born in 1983 and she, too, was kept in a concrete enclosure of 60 square meters, with neither veterinary care and suitable diet nor even a chance to take time out and relax. Basia knew nothing of bathing pools from her previous days of captivity. There was no chance to bathe - and even drinking water was supplied in a small, rusty metal bowl.


Our she-bear loved it all the more, when she finally got the chance to take long, unhurried baths in the cool pond. In her self-made hollows, she thoroughly enjoyed sunbathing, too. 


Basia died at 32 years of age in September 2015 at the BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz. She had suddenly become apathetic and no longer fed. A veterinary examination by the team of the institute for zoo and wild animal research in Berlin revealed that Basia was suffering from an infected liver and lymph nodes. The doctors of the BEAR SANCTUARY team decided with heavy hearts, to relieve Basia from her suffering.


Translated by Bryan Daniels, Kirchenstraße 14, 17213 Malchow

Basia enjoys her life in the BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz.
© BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz / Mihai Vasile



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