“It seemed that Leo was just being kept as a pet, but of course, once he had grown bigger and stronger, it would no longer be possible to treat him like a domestic pet,” Lis Key, PR and communications manager for IAR, told The Dodo. “The chances are that he would have ended up in a cage.”
Leo was now in safe hands with his rescuers, but he was very malnourished and dehydrated. Initially, no one was sure if he’d survive. However, the rescuers did everything they could to help Leo, and the little bear is starting to regain his strength.