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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, wher she lived and with Alla, Benny Ben and Baby. In the zoo she was always asleep, could see the visitors the zoo was a ball of black fur. The zoo eventually closed and this was her ticket to a better life. Moving from the Zoo to the Libearty Sanctuary was not easy for Ursula. For more than 30 years were she had lived on the concrete floor  with the bars of the cage, which also began to fade when she began to lose his sight as she developed cataracts in both eyes, probably due to her poor diet.

In May 2008, she was released in the sanctuary. Ursula was very confused as to she could see everything only in a fog. Because of her age, cataract surgery on both eyes would be too risky. So she lived a quiet life in a separate enclosure with her own warm den and a sparkling fresh water pool. Here she spent most of her time sleeping or sitting in her pool.

On December 27, 2014 she passed away in her sleep.

Read news about the death of Ursula here.

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)

  • Max


    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

  • 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.