Adorable two-week-old bear cub has been found in a cardboard box outside the circus in eastern Russia.
A security guard found the tiny male cub wrapped up in a woollen blanket at the entrance of the ‘RosGosCirc’ department in Vladivostok. He was left in a cardboard box used to transport eggs and was sleeping when they found him.
He’s a rare Asiatic black bear – also known as a Himalayan or moon bear, due to their white chest markings.
Circus director Alexandra Mironova says the cub needs to be fed every three hours, otherwise he starts to cry and squeak. The circus vet says he’s healthy and doesn’t seem to mind human contact, happily guzzled baby formula from a bottle.
But while he’s allowed to see other animals during the day, veterinarian Olga Tereshchenko says he sleeps in her office to avoid attracting the attention of the larger beasts.
It’s not known what happened to his mother.
Where the cub will go now isn’t yet known. Circus employees want to send him to well-known bear circus in Moscow, but Ms Mironova says national airline Aeroflot have so far refused to transport him.
“Aeroflot refuses to take a ‘predator’ on board, even though the predator can fit in the palm of your hand,” she says.