A new life after decades of abuse

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Suzana and Bruno; two of Croatia's saddest bears

***UPDATE***

We were able to rescue Suzana and Bruno! They are still in urgent need of our medical care. With your help, we can prepare them for a better life. 

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Suzana and Bruno's lives have been shaped by decades of suffering. While we do not know what happened to them exactly, it is clear that they are in desperate need of our help.

Suzana is approximately 20 years old and was most likely born in a circus before she was transferred to the private zoo where she has been living ever since. Before she moved to her 20 m² concrete enclosure with only a small concrete den to hide, she lived in an even smaller enclosure.

The decades of confinement have left their marks on Suzana, she shows severe stereotypic behaviour like gnawing at her paws and walking in circles. Her lack of cover makes her especially nervous and stressed and she has resorted to threatening observers that come too close to her cage.

Bruno has been at the zoo for almost 20 years as well. Unlike Suzana, Bruno did not grow up here but was transferred from one zoo to the next until he ended up here. He is now being fed with cookies and sweets and shows signs of dental disease. Poor Bruno seems very disoriented in his small cage and might be visually impaired. At almost 40 years old, Bruno deserves to finally come to rest in a species-appropriate environment. 

Please help Suzana and Bruno regain their zest for life and give them a happy ending in a species-appropriate home.