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Rescued Circus Bear Trapped In Cage Whole Life Sees New Sanctuary Home For First Time

Serbia banned the use of wild animals in circuses in 2009. Since then, Napa has been living in a zoo in a hard concrete enclosure.

It’s hard to know for certain whether something inside Napa yearned for what he had never actually known, like the wild forest, smelling of fresh grass and soaked in sunlight, where he would have lived if he were allowed. In a way, it didn’t matter whether he knew what he was missing or not — because people from Four Paws International were determined to give him a life appropriate for a beautiful bear like him.

In early July, rescuers arrived at Napa’s dismal enclosure in Serbia and tranquilized him for the journey of his life.

Napa was accompanied by rescuers who had the sometimes complex logistical task of figuring out how to transport the 1,200-pound crate containing the rescued bear to his new residence on a hill.

The journey spanned nearly 900 miles and involved 28 hours of travel, both by car and by suspended cable car — like a ski lift — over a lush valley in Switzerland.

“Transporting it from the bear ambulance to the gondola was a logistical masterpiece,” Carsten Hertwig, bear expert at Four Paws, said in a statement. “I am very happy that everything went so well.”

Finally, on July 4, Napa arrived at his new home, Arosa Bear Sanctuary, a brand-new sanctuary run in part by Four Paws. He was put into an enclosure where he could see his new environment without being overwhelmed by the change, since he’d never been in such a sprawling space in all his life.

Napa was given treats to make him feel calm, safe and loved.

He was also given a refreshing shower with a hose, which he seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

When he looked around him, Napa almost appeared to have an incredulous look on his face as he scanned the picturesque horizon, where the Swiss Alps jutted up into the sky.

Once Napa seemed to have acclimated to all the recent changes in his life, rescuers decided to let Napa see just how beautiful his new home was. Napa was allowed out of his enclosure earlier this week.

“The door opens and Napa puts his paws on the grass,” Four Paws wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “Yesterday was a big day for the first resident of Arosa Bear Sanctuary. Napa was released into his beautiful outdoor enclosure with an amazing view over the Swiss mountains.”

Credits: TheEllenNation
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Credits/Sources:Arosa Bear Sanctuary

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