Couple Has Been Living With An Orphaned Bear For 20+ Years

Here’s a story about a family who shares their lives with a 300 pound bear.

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Their names are Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko and well, they’ve got a humungous and cuddly Russian bear as a pet. It’s more like their roommate at this point, though.

The couple adopted Stepan the bear when he was only a 3-month-old orphaned cub. Stepan was found by local hunters in a forest and was apparently in terrible condition — being that Stepan was living along with a mother.

At the time, they didn’t think the bear would survive, but the pair decided to give him a chance and offered shelter for the bear inside their home.

Obviously, the cub recovered so the couple made the decision to offer him a permanent home and adopted him — rent free.

As of 2021, it’s been 23 years since Stepan moved in at their home in Moscow, Russia he’s now a part of the family. It’s also said that the three of them even sit down in the evenings to watch television together.

I know what you’re thinking… When is this bear going to snap and get sick of watching reruns on TV? When is Stepan going to rip their heads off and keep the house all to himself?

Even though Stefan has never lived in the wild and is domesticated, a bear at sevent-feet-tall has some instincts that can be fully shut down. You know, being that bears are top predators and have the potential of being extremely frightening and dangerous.

However, the Panteleenko’s aren’t worried at all and have full trust in Stepan.

So, what’s it like living with a bear as tall as Shaquille O’Neal?

The Russian bear eats 55 pounds of fish, vegetables, and eggs every day, but the fluffy guy manages to stay in shape thanks to his love for football. He also keeps himself busy with acting in films and posing for photoshoots.

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Matt Sterner

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