Monday 26 September 2016

Modern Family- Couple share their home with 7ft bear

Published 30/05/2016 | 12:01

A couple have opened their home to a 23-year-old, 7ft bear who enjoys “watching movies” and “playing football”.

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Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko adopted the bear, Stepan, who weighs 21 stone.

He eats a substantial 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs every day, making mealtimes at the Panteleenko's quite a big deal.

The bear maintains an active lifestyle in the family home playing football with its owners and even gardening, making it more domesticated that most people his age.

“Stepan likes nothing more than to cuddle up with us on the sofa at night while we're watching television,” Svetlana said.

“When we adopted him, he was only three-months-old and had been found by hunters in the forest having lost his mother. He was in a very bad condition.”

The playful bear is very sociable and his owners say they have nothing to fear.

“He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear - despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all. We have never been bitten by Stepan.

“He's got so many talents and loves a picnic. It's a wonder he doesn't eat us out of house and home.”

The Russian bear also has a modelling career, staring in anti-hunt campaigns alongside models.

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