It was too dark inside the warehouse to get to work, so the rescue team had to rig up an electric light before they could get started. Once they had a little light, the rescuers carefully sedated the bear and removed him from the rusty cage. Then they transported him to a quarantine facility at Yerevan Zoo, where he will rest and recover until he finds a permanent home.
“He will be well cared for, fed appropriately and given the attention and treatment he needs to recover from his years in captivity,” Key said.
Shortly after the team removed the bear from the warehouse, they got a call about two other bears in similar straits — a female bear with badly damaged teeth being displayed at a restaurant at Yerevan, and another female from a restaurant in Gyumri. They managed to rescue both bears and move them to the quarantine center as well.