Many animals and especially wild ones live in not so optimal conditions around the globe. They’re often being exploited for entertainment and money from abusive owners and people. Tomi was one of these animals, a bear that was kept in unhealthy conditions until Four Paws saved his life and… found his partner for life! Wait until slide 10#, you can’t miss this!
20. Tomi The European Bear
The protagonist of our story is Tomi, a European bear that his life changed for the best when some caring people decided to help him in 2016. Click next to see what Tomi has been through.
19. Confined In A Cage
Tomi was caged in Albania, in a very small and depressing concrete cage. The cage’s size couldn’t let him to strech or even walk to exercise. But why was Tomi in that cage?
18. An Attraction
Tomi was used as an attraction for a boutique restaurant where the tables near him costed more. This way the owner of the restaurant made tons of money in the poor soul’s expense. Tomi also didn’t have the best treatment in the world… Click next to see why!
17. He Was Not Treated Well
Tommy nutrition was very strange and unhealthy. His owner obviously never cared for him and fed him plain bread and beer. As you can suggest bread doesn’t have all the nutrients that a bear need to survive nor beer and alcohol is the best choice for a wild animal. But all of these were bound to change! Click next to see what happened!
16. Four Paws
Everything changed when animal rescuers from Four Paws got aware of Tomi and the way he was treated. Four Paws members say that a customer of the restaurant informed them as he could see the despair in the wild creature’s eyes.
15. The Negotiations
The members of Four Paws had a hard time negotiating with Tomi’s owner but eventually they managed to bring him to their sanctuary in Kosovo. But even there Tomi’s future was unknown…
14. Thoughts About Tomi
Tomi was probably caught from the wild when he was a little cub and he was used to his confinded space. “We assume that Tomi was caught in the wild as a cub and had been living in the squalid conditions for roughly two years before we rescued him,” Claire LaFrance, communications director for Four Paws, says.
13. Tomi Arrived!
Four Paws rescuers were truly anxious about how would Tomi adapt to the new environment of the sanctuary that was pretty close to how he would have been living in the wild. Everything was about to be answered when Tomi finally arrived!
12. First Steps On The Grass
Tomi has truly flourished in the Bear Sanctuary Prishtina in Kosovo! Everyone was impressed with how quickly the wild creature adapted to the change and everything was clear from his reaction when he walked on fresh grass for the first time in years!
11. New Life For Tomi
Tomi was living a healthy and enjoyful life now! He quickly learned how to relax and enjoy the wild environment as well as how much he enjoyed playing in snow. The small confined cage seemed like a far distant memory now… Also Tomi wasn’t alone!
10. Tomi Wasn’t The Only One
Tomi was just one of the hundreds of bears that Four Paws had rescued over the years, with the support of several European governments. Their goal is to rescue as many bears as possible that has been stolen and exploited from people for entertainment purposes, in very bad conditions.
9. A New Player
Good news for Tomi didn’t end there! A new player got into the game, Hope, another one of the bears that Four Paws had transfered to Kosovo’s sanctuary. Hope was also confined in a small cage in a restaurant before Four Paws discovered and rescued her.
The Four Paws members decided that Tomi’s and Hope’s socialization, which was lacking behind because of the conditions they were kept for the past years.
7. Two Lonely Souls
The two bears where eventually introduced and the two lonely souls fell in love with each other from this moment! The rescuers couldn’t believe their eyes!
6. Their Socialization Started!
“Tomi and Hope’s socialization started,” Four Paws chief rescuer said, “and it was clear that they liked each other from the very first moment.”
5. Sniffing Game
Hope wasn’t that eager to approach Tomi at first, mostly because she was afaid of him but Tomi took the initiative and slowly started sniffing her fur. After some moments Hope started sniffing him back!
“They started out by sniffing each other and then progressed on to what we might call ‘kissing!'” a Four Paws members said. “Since then, we can happily report that they are inseparable.”
3. Like Old Friends
The two bears started to feel really intimate and safe around each other and they even started to have baths together. They were like old friends now.
2. Helping Wild Animals
After the two bears have merged for life it’s hard to imagine how they were living without each other. It was because of Organizations like Four Paws that bears and other wild animals can have normal lives and not be exploited for money.
1. They’re Not Alone Anymore
Animal rescuers have to be supported from everyone so those poor fellas can have a normal and fulfilling lives! “Tomi and Hope are not alone anymore,” Four Paws says.