Braunbär Balou


One of the tallest bears at our sanctuary 

Balou the bear

Since 2012 Balou lives at our rescue center. He got here together with his father Siggi (1991-2017) from a german zoo in Hellenthal. With his 2,20 m, Balou is one of the tallest bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz. He is very strong and likes to test his strength with the trees in the forest.

Balou enjoys the view

Should I go in for a dip or stay in the sun? Tough decisions for Balou. 

Terrible keeping conditions at Wildgehege Hellenthal

Balou was born in 2002 at Wildgehege Hellenthal in Germany and was held under horrible conditions: No possibility to withdraw, no piece of grassland that he could access. The little bit of vegetation was separated from him with electric fences.

Balou was very close to his father Siggi. Right after his arrival, Balou didn't want to leave the transport box. But because his father did, he followed. Step by step they discovered their new home. Father and son even hibernated together. When Siggi passed away in 2017, it was a hard time for Balou. Our animal caretakers could feel how much Balou missed him. But with time he got used to the new situation and enjoys now having the enclosure all to himself.

His hobbies: Taking a bath and playing in the woods

Like Baloo from the Jungle Book, our Balou is a big fan of lakes and ponds, too. He loves to go for a swim! When he isn't playing with sticks and branches in the water, Balou explores his enclosure, looks for hidden treats for relaxes in a comfortable hollow somewhere in the woods.

Facts about Balou

  • I come from: the german zoo Wildgehege Hellenthal
  • I like to eat: carrots and tomatoes 
  • I am: one of the tallest bears at the sanctuary 
  • What the animal caretakers say about me: Balou is a very strong bear, he probably doesn't realized how much strength he has.

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