Rescued Circus Bear Starts a New Chapter of Freedom After Two Decades in Captivity

An older bear, who has spent the majority of her life trapped in a small cage as part of a traveling circus, is now breaking free from the confines that have restricted her for two decades. Thanks to the collective efforts of animal welfare organizations and caring individuals, this brave bear is embarking on a remarkable transformation, leaving behind a life of confinement and stepping into a world of vast open spaces and natural surroundings. Join us as we witness the inspiring beginning of this bear’s journey, filled with hope, liberation, and the opportunity to rediscover her innate wild nature.

Circuses are not suitable environments for animals, and Chada, a Himalayan bear, was all too familiar with the hardships of circus life.

We can all acknowledge that animals thrive best in their natural habitats, but unfortunately, many animals are forced to live in conditions that are vastly different from what they should experience. Apart from species targeted for their valuable body parts, there are also animals bred in captivity and subjected to captivity for the purpose of entertainment and tourism.

Chada is an unfortunate bear who was born and raised in captivity. She endured a life confined within the confines of a circus, spending two decades confined to a cramped cage. As a result, her eyesight has significantly deteriorated, and she now faces nearly complete blindness.

The Save Wild Foundation quickly arrived at the location and successfully rescued Chada, the Himalayan bear.

Her previous owners likely believed that she was too old to be useful for their business, so they abandoned her in an empty garage. Fortunately, someone spotted her confined in the cage and immediately contacted the White Rock Bear Shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Upon receiving the call, the dedicated team from the foundation, led by their zoologist, Marina, swiftly arrived to rescue the distressed animal and transported her to the Wild Rock Bear Shelter. Once Chada settled into her new home at the shelter, she received proper veterinary care and was given an environment that closely resembled her natural habitat.


Chada felt a sense of wonder and excitement as she took her first steps into the world outside her confinement.

“When we released her, first time in an enclosure, it’s always an emotional moment because it’s a first time when bears see grass and see water.” shared Marina. “She searched and investigated everything around her.

Chada belongs to a special type of brown bear called Ursus arctos isabellinus, which is found in the Himalayan region of Middle Asia. Typically, these bears are quite large, measuring about 9.19 feet in height and weighing around 456.36 pounds. However, due to her years spent in a cramped cage, Chada is smaller than usual, weighing only 260 pounds. Additionally, she is considered an endangered species, so she is kept safely in an enclosed area at the shelter. The caretakers at the shelter are concerned about her delicate body and want to ensure she is protected from any harm that other species may unintentionally cause.

Although Chada hasn’t had many opportunities to interact with other bears, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t enjoy her new life.

In her enclosure, Chada has plenty of space to move around and explore. She has a cozy den and a warm box for the winter months, as well as a small pool to cool off in during the summer. Chada loves to roam around her enclosure, frolic in the grass, and she especially adores splashing around in her pool.

However, Chada also values her relaxation time and can get a bit grumpy when the other wolves and bears make too much noise. It’s almost like she’s a grandmother who appreciates some peace and quiet!

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