video BBC video shows hungry bears looking for food in Romanian town
Romania is home to a large population of brown bears, which sometimes leave the forests to look for food in the towns nearby.
BBC News has published a short video that shows how several bears are walking on the streets of a Romanian town, trying to find some food. While some people are enjoying the encounter with the wild animals, others are not that happy as the big bears are causing some damages sometimes.
“Romania is home to 60% of Europe’s brown bears. Here’s what happens when they visit the locals in the central counties of Harghita and Prahova,” reads the video’s presentation.
BBC News published the video on both its website and the Facebook page.
In early July, the environment minister announced that she would issue a minister order that would allow the killing of 175 bears this year. The announcement was made after hundreds of people from Harghita, Covasna, and Mures counties protested in Bucharest for the right to hunt bears. They said that these animals’ attacks on domestic animals, crops, and people have increased.
More bear attacks registered in central Romania county
RESCUED: Lonely bear which became depressed and bit itself after being kept in a tiny cage by an Albanian restaurant will be moved to an animal sanctuary
- Tomi will be moved to an animal sanctuary after being kept in a run-down restaurant in mountains of Albania
- Albanian government was shamed into helping the bear who diners watched in a cage as they ate
- He displays disturbing behaviour such as chewing limbs and spasms – a result of ‚unbearable‘ living condition
- His owner who hunted him down with a tranquiliser gun blamed boredom and saw no problems
- Bear was desperately hungry relying on sweets and crisps from visitors and begged with its paws outstretched
- He is one of 80 caged bears across Albania and animal welfare campaigners are demanding urgent end to cruelty
Tomi the caged Albanian bear whose appalling ordeal was exposed by Mail Online is to be moved to an animal sanctuary.
An Albanian Government minister was shamed into announcing the move after international condemnation of Tomi’s plight.
In the aftermath of our revelations, the country’s Embassy in London was bombarded with complaints, a petition started and the story featured on numerous animal welfare websites.
Earlier this week, Mail Online revealed how Tomi – one of up to 80 bears caged across Albania – is reliant on the generosity of passers-by for his daily diet of junk food.
We also revealed how crowds flock to see him in his ‘home’ – a tiny cage next to a run-down restaurant in beautiful mountains 40 miles north of the Albanian capital Tirana.
Tomi was kept in a small cage where he was unable to express even the most basic natural behaviour. His appalling ordeal was exposed by Mail Online and now he will be moved to an animal sanctuary
Crowds flocked to see Tomi the brown bear in his ‘home’ – a tiny cage next to a run-down restaurant in beautiful mountains 40 miles north of the Albanian capital Tirana
They take videos of him on their smart-phones, pose for selfies, and if feeling kind give him sweets, cake and crisps. His owner occasionally gives him beer to quench his thirst
His owner blamed the distressing behaviour on ‘boredom’ but insisted there is nothing wrong with locking up Tomi for 24 hours a day. An animal welfare expert said it is the result of ‘extremely monotonous and confined living conditions’
Harrowing video footage of the bear biting himself in a self-harming spasm provoked outrage amongst animal lovers, who started an internet petition calling for Tomi to be rescued from his hell.
His owner blamed the distressing behaviour on ‘boredom’ but insisted there is nothing wrong with locking up Tomi for 24 hours a day.