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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 was not the only trauma he suffered. During his “detention”, his canine teeth and claws were 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 had a pool with spring-water, a den and over an acre of trees and shrubs. He used his other senses of smelling and hearing to get around the enclosure.

At the beginning of November 2018, Max was taken out of the enclosure that had been his home for the last 12 years. With sad and fearful eyes, Monica and Epizon – his neighbours, bid adieu to Max. The 22 year old bear could hardly walk, so the doctors decided to take him out of his enclosure and move him in the quarantine area, on a warm and soft bed of straw, where he was treated with painkillers and strong anti-inflammatory medicine. Unfortunately, the treatment did not work, his condition became worse and his posterior part of the body became completely paralyzed. Tired to endure so much pain, Max refused to eat or drink water anymore and his heart stopped beating.

The only thought that can relieve us now, when we tell him good bye, is that he has no pain now, nobody would ever harm him and he will never be tormented. Farewell, Max. We will never forget your beautiful eyes that could not see, but knew how to show us the most beautiful soul and honest love!

Together with Maya in the Great Bear constellation

  • Ala


    Ala was Benny’s sister and they were both 27 years old when they arrived to the Sanctuary

  • Benny


    Benny came to the sanctuary with his sister Alla. Both were 27 years old when they arrived at the sanctuary. All these years they had to live with the miserable conditions at the same zoo where they lived

  • Charles


    Charles was imprisoned for almost 40 years old in a rusty cages of the Ethnographic Museum in Vrancea department. He did not have an official name, but volunteers from the Center for “Wildlife Rescue

  • Cristi


    In 2005, Cristi and Lidia were the first inhabitants of the Libearty sanctuary Cristi was born in 1981 and was caught from the wild as a cub.

  • Eva


    After 32 years in prison, Eva stepped on the sanctuary grass and enjoyed the pool water, two things that the old female had completely during her life at the Braila Zoo. There she lived with her son

  • Kodiak


    Kodiak lived a life of misery at Onesti Zoo, which was closed by the authorities because of very bad conditions offered to the animals

  • Marinica


    Marinică was found as a small cub in the forest. His mother was probably killed and he was easily taken away, as nobody was there to protect him.

  • Marița


    Mariţa was the oldest ex-resident of a Zoo in Roman, where she lived together with three other bears (Suzi, Bobiță and Ursi)

  • Maya


    In the courtyard of a hotel near Bran Castle, in a dirty cage with metal bars and cement floor, living Maya. Whole days waiting and hoping that someone would bring her something to eat

  • Nadia


    Nadia and Igor were brother and sister and they came from a Zoo in Tecuci (Galati County). Next to the cage of the two lived Cocolina.

  • Ursula


    Ursula was a unique bear. All of the bears at the Libearty sanctuary are European brown bears but Ursula an Asiatic black bear. In fact she was the oldest of the former prisoners of Buhuşi Zoo