“We have not yet received a veterinary report on Balu, but I think, sadly, it’s fair to assume that her physical health will have been compromised by her time in captivity and her poor diet — not to mention her mental health which certainly has been affected by two years living in such shocking confinement,” Key said. “On the plus side, she is still a young bear and we hope will recover from the terrible treatment she has suffered.”
The team will continue rescuing bears like Balu across Armenia.
“Thanks to the efforts on the ground of our partners FPWC ... and the support of the Armenian police, Balu the bear’s misery is now at an end,” Alan Knight, CEO of IAR, said in a statement. “When we launched The Great Bear Rescue in October last year, we pledged to end the suffering of all the caged bears in Armenia — and today I’m pleased to say that the fulfillment of that pledge has moved one step closer.”