Bummi (1986 - 2013)


Together with his daughter Tapsi, Bummi was brought to the BEAR SANCTUARY from the zoo in Klötze in June 2012. Although he suffered from  arthrosis, the curious bear flourished and  quickly learned to enjoy exploring the enclosure and having to seek out his feed.

 

When playing with the enrichments, the aging bear became like a playful child again and showed his nervous daughter that the toys were not dangerous. Tapsi rarely left his side. That winter, Bummi even dug himself a cave. When it collapsed, he didn't give up, just dug on industriously.

 

In March 2013, he began to have difficulties walking and his condition deteriorated daily.  Medication brought no results. A computer tomography, at the institute for zoo and wild animal research in Berlin, revealed an illness at an advanced stage which could no longer be treated. This diagnosis meant that Bummi had to be put to sleep at the age of 27.

 

Translated by Bryan Daniels, Kirchenstraße 14, 17213 Malchow


Bummi verstarb im März 2013.
© BÄRENWALD Müritz

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