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Please help reunite bear cub with mother in the Ukraine

July 2, 2012

Image from Wikimedia Commons, not Nastia


We all feel for Nastia who was snatched away from her mother. The young cub is still traumatized – as the FOUR PAWS video shockingly reveals. However, there is another victim in this story: It’s Nastia’s mother, Masha.

As the director of Lutsk zoo says bluntly in an interview, female bears are regarded as mere baby producers. In the wild a female bear only gives birth every three years and remains with her cubs for two years. The bears in Lutsk are forced to have babies every year due so that profits can be made with the offspring. The consequence is not only that, as the zoo director confirms, females have health problems and are simply worn out, but they also have to watch powerlessly as their children are taken away far too early. This causes extreme psychological distress and leads to constant mourning, year after year.

Masha, Nastia’s mother, can clearly be seen panicking as her baby is torn away from her in the FOUR PAWS video. We can only imagine what she’s going through. As with humans and many other mammals, the maternal instinct is very strong in bears, and losing their baby can cause great damage to their psychological health. To suffer a loss of a baby every year is something nobody would want to experience.

As mentioned above: There are two victims in this story – we must not and shall not forget this. FOUR PAWS will do everything it can to ensure a reunion between Nastia and Masha.

Update June 29th 20:00:

At this moment, we are pulling out all the stops: Our head of the Ukraine project Dr. Khalil is in permanent contact with authorities and other institutions to initiate a confiscation as quickly as possible. As soon as we can say anything more definite, we will go public with all the information.

We will do all we can to bring the bear cub back to her mother.

Click  for additional information from The Daily Mail

Four Paws reveals: Baby bear Nastia kidnapped


Please click HERE for Ukraine embassies; click on your country to find email, if available.  If your country is not represented, or if an email is not available, select another country, such as the USA.


Dear Consul,

I am writing to encourage you to exert your influence in reuniting a baby bear, Nastia, with her mother, Masha. Nastia was kidnapped from her mother in the zoo in Lutsk in Ukraine’s northern Volyn region.

Although you may assert that humane protocols must be followed in accordance with zoo protocols, the visual evidence validates the position that these directives are often ignored in favor of management; nevertheless, establishing a threshold of humane treatment is ambiguous at best, these standards being implemented by those with questionable interests, its oversight managed by those who profit from exploitation. As such, it is important to recognize that both Nastia and her mother, fundamentally valuable beyond monetary benefit, are being exploited in demonstrably cruel and unnecessary manners, languishing after being brutally separated. All animals share maternal instincts; having a child stolen is an act unforgivable on behalf of any animal, human or non-.

Please watch the following video taken by the Four Paws organization when Nastia was forceably removed from her mother:

I hope you make the compassionate decision to intervene with the goal of discontinuing the imprisonment and separation of Nastia and her mother, and I am hoping you have the authority to relinquish her back to Masha. However, as long as the Ukraine continues to unnecessarily capitalize on the exploitation, imprisonment, and maltreatment of her, I will not financially or commercially support you. It is important to recognize that consumers are increasingly rejecting those destinations that are complicit in the suffering and unnecessary treatment of animals by shifting their loyalties to those areas that do not participate in such gross exploitation of them, and I hope that you will extend such an ethical and empathetic gesture as well.

I know your time is limited and I thank you for your attention.


24 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2012 3:20 pm

    doing and sharing, thanks a lot Stacey !!

  2. July 2, 2012 4:01 pm

    I can hardly breath after watching that poor baby bear being crammed into that tiny wooden box and to see the mother bear going crazy not being able to reach her little one in trouble is just more than i can stand! I WILL be sending letters and sharing this is an OUTRAGE

  3. Fairy Dogmother permalink
    July 2, 2012 4:10 pm

    Please FAX the embassies instead! Go to and FAX rather than e-mail! FAXING is more effective, according to The Persian Horse Blog:

    Go to
    No fax machine or credit card is necessary.
    FAXES RULE, because – by law, faxes must be retained on file for 7 years. Of course you are free to Call, Email, Tweet, or send Certified Mail through the U.S. Postal System; however, we STRONGLY recommend Faxing.
    -From The Persian Horse Blog”

    • July 2, 2012 4:14 pm

      thanks so much for the faxing info

    • July 2, 2012 6:23 pm

      Not so sure Persian Horse Blog is correct – foreign embassies have their own rules about what they must or must not keep or for how long. Persian Horse blog is only citing American Law.

      • Fairy Dogmother permalink
        July 2, 2012 6:49 pm

        The Persian Horse Blog was referring to legislators. But FAXES still hold more weight than e-mails or signing petitions. Many e-mails are deleted, blocked, routed to spam, ignored. Every FAX I have sent through faxzero has gone through successfully.

    • July 4, 2012 10:46 am

      Thank you for the information, I love faxzero!

  4. Animal Connection permalink
    July 2, 2012 5:26 pm

    Reblogged this on Animal Connection.

  5. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    July 3, 2012 3:52 am

    with her mother
    for both mother
    and cub,
    this is evil
    and wrong,
    the eyes of the
    world are
    focused on you,
    time now to
    do what is
    the right thing
    to do!!!

  6. linda badham permalink
    July 3, 2012 4:28 pm


  7. Janice permalink
    July 3, 2012 4:28 pm

    RE-UNITE THEM FOR GODS SAKE!!!!!!!!! Mama n Baby x

  8. Joanne Maylott permalink
    July 4, 2012 6:07 am

    Have written to the Ukraine Embassy in the UK

  9. Fairy Dogmother permalink
    July 4, 2012 1:39 pm

    Please continue FAXING the embassies! Don’t just send one FAX and forget about it. Keep FAXING until this atrocity is resolved!! Run the ink out of the embassies’ FAX machines if you have to! LOL Go to and FAX rather than e-mail! FAXING is more effective, according to The Persian Horse Blog:

    Go to
    No fax machine or credit card is necessary.
    FAXES RULE, because – by law, faxes must be retained on file for 7 years. Of course you are free to Call, Email, Tweet, or send Certified Mail through the U.S. Postal System; however, we STRONGLY recommend Faxing.
    -From The Persian Horse Blog”

  10. July 15, 2012 11:08 am

    Reblogged this on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE.

  11. Seng Vera permalink
    July 17, 2012 3:05 pm

    Safety for the bears and the Mother
    Keep them together they deserve it

  12. Crystal Diamond Lopez permalink
    August 9, 2012 2:09 pm

    Stop this Stupidity of the Ukrainians its unhuman and illegal and very very cruel

  13. February 26, 2013 6:43 pm

    Any new info on this cruelty case? I would like to know if there was some justice for these bears by now


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