23 Years Ago This Russian Couple Adopted An Orphaned Bear ... And They Still Live Together

By Amanda Cooper May 31, 2016

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Meet Stepan, a 300-pound, 7-foot tall domesticated bear who lives with his adopted family in Moscow, Russia.
Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko adopted Stepan when he was just a 3-month-old orphaned cub. He had lost his mother, and was found by hunters in a forest all alone and in a very bad condition, so Svetlana and Yuriy decided to give him a home.
23 years later, Stepan has grown into a loving bear who helps around the house by watering plants and loves watching TV with his "parents".

“He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – he is not aggressive at all ... we have never been bitten by Stepan.” said Mrs Panteleenko.

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Stepan eats 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs every day, and he manages to stay in shape thanks to his love for football. He also keeps himself busy with acting in films and posing for photo shoots.
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Source: Medvedstepan
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