A traumatised bear from Ukraine who was one in every of only some zoo animals to outlive Russian shelling is about for a brand new residence in Scotland.
Zookeepers say Yampil, who is called after his village in Donetsk, was discovered concussed from a latest explosion close to his cage and in “appalling situations” when his residence was liberated in October final 12 months.
A lot of the 200 different animals died throughout assaults or on account of harsh situations – with some even believed to have been eaten by Russian troopers, in line with experiences.
After recovering at a rescue centre in Belgium, Yampil, a 12-year-old Asiatic black bear, is booked in for a transfer to 5 Sisters Zoo in Edinburgh in 2024.
“This can be a really horrific story, however one we’re decided to verify has a contented ending,” the zoo mentioned in a press release.
“It’s going to price 5 Sisters Zoo a major funding to make this potential so if you want to assist us create the right residence for this really outstanding bear, please contemplate donating.”
Brian Curran, proprietor of the zoo, added their “hearts broke” once they grew to become conscious of Yampil’s situations and have been “so amazed he was nonetheless alive and properly”.
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The village of Yampil was freed after 5 months of Russian occupation final 12 months as a part of a Ukrainian blitz to reclaim territories within the east of the nation.
A Sky News team witnessed a “clean-up” job pressure within the village transferring from residence to residence trying to find traps and mines which will have been laid.
The long-range artillery barrage from either side meant residents endured a bombardment many feared they’d not survive.
“It was horrible, horrible,” one aged girl mentioned on the time with tears in her eyes. “We have been scared then and we’re nonetheless scared now.”
The heavy shelling destroyed a lot of Yampil the bear’s earlier residence and solely a small handful of the animals are believed to have survived.
To accommodate Yampil, 5 Sisters Zoo is elevating cash to adapt a brand new habitat for the bear, and the zoo says it’s going to want £200,000.
From each donation, 10% will go in the direction of the Natuur Hulp Centrum in Belgium, the place Yampil has been quickly cared for, whereas the rest will fund the bear’s new residence, the zoo mentioned.