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Young bear wails in distress in heartbreaking footage to advertise a Russian circus

Young bear wails in distress in heartbreaking footage after the animal is chained to a fence to advertise a Russian circus

  • Distressed, wailing bear used as advert for a circus has caused outrage in Russia
  • The bear was tethered on hind legs to a fence as part of the travelling circus ad
  • A local official has defended the travelling circus and its performing animals

Heartbreaking video of a wailing black bear used as an advertisement for a circus has caused outrage in Russia.

The young animal was tethered on its hind legs to a hospital fence as an advertisement for a travelling circus in gold-mining town Bodaybo.

The performing Asiatic or Himalayan black bear appeared in distress as it plaintively wailed in front of watching locals.

The animal was tethered on its hind legs to a hospital fence as an advertisement for a travelling circus in gold-mining town Bodaybo

A wailing black bear (left and right) used as an advertisement for a circus has caused outrage in Russia. The animal was tethered on its hind legs to a hospital fence as an advertisement for a travelling circus in gold-mining town Bodaybo

The travelling circus operates in the Russian gold-mining town of Bodaybo (pictured)

The travelling circus operates in the Russian gold-mining town of Bodaybo (pictured)

The video led to strong protests online. ‘This little bear is crying, he is not happy,’ said one comment. 

‘People, wake up, what are you doing?’ said another.

There were claims the animal was ‘hungry’ or ‘injured’. 

‘This is pure cruelty and circuses should be banned,’ one person said.

But local official Elena Stepanova, head of the town’s culture department, laughed off the cries from the bear, and defended the travelling circus and its performing wild animals. 

The video led to strong protests online. 'This little bear is crying, he is not happy,' said one comment

Truck that is used by a Russian travelling circus which has faced backlash for its use of performing animals

The video led to strong protests online. ‘This little bear is crying, he is not happy,’ said one comment. People, wake up, what are you doing?’ said another. Truck (left) is used by a Russian travelling circus which has faced backlash for its use of performing animals

But local official Elena Stepanova, head of the town's culture department, laughed off the cries from the bear, and defended the travelling circus and its performing wild animals

She even claimed the animal was 'singing' and behaving like a 'little girl', denying it was in distress

But local official Elena Stepanova, head of the town’s culture department, laughed off the cries from the bear, and defended the travelling circus and its performing wild animals. She even claimed the animal was ‘singing’ and behaving like a ‘little girl’, denying it was in distress

She even claimed the animal was ‘singing’ and behaving like a ‘little girl’, denying it was in distress.

Stepanova claimed children had been delighted by the circus show and the several bears featured in it – including this ‘cheerful’ one. 

Circus director Evgeny Zakharov claimed the ‘unusual’ bear was ‘talking’.

‘I did not think that this video would cause so much negativity,’ he said.

‘At that moment, a trainer was nearby, about to give the bear sausages.’

 

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