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Max was born in 1997. Being only few months old, he was held captive in the town of Sinaia, near the famous Peleş Castle. There, the tourists passing by would pay for a photograph next to the bear. But nobody knew that Max was blind. Most likely he had been blinded as a cub, in order to stop him from reacting to the flashes of cameras. In 2006 Max was confiscated and brought to the Libearty Sanctuary. A team of animal eye specialists from UK visited the bear sanctuary to examine his eyes. The verdict was a cruel one: Max will remain blind forever. And this not the only trauma he suffered. During his “detention”, his canine teeth and claws have been cut off, pepper spray was sprayed into his nose and he was drugged every day with tranquilizers dissolved in beer. In 2008, after 2 years of medical care, Max was released in his own enclosure where he has a pool with spring-water, a den and over an acre of trees and shrubs. Now he uses his other senses of smelling and hearing to get around the enclosure.

Adopt Max, with a minimum donation of 5 euros/month (60 euros/year)! You can donate more or you may chose to become an exclusive adopter, for 500 euros/month.  

Send a message to, with the name of the adopted bear, the name of the donor and the date of the money transfer.

We will send you an adoption certificate!