Black bear successfully evacuated from Ukraine to German sanctuary

The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has startled the world and affected millions of innocent people. Many citizens have been forced to evacuate their houses, while others are trapped by intense fire.

While the toll on human life has been devastating and overwhelming, it has also had a significant impact on Ukraine’s animals, ranging from pets stranded at the border to zoo animals startled by the sounds of bombs overhead.

But, happily, there are also kindhearted individuals who have risked their lives to evacuate and transfer these animals to safety.

Another animal recently made it to a safe haven over the border: Malvina, a 7-year-old black bear who was evacuated from war-torn Ukraine to a protection center in Germany.


According to the Associated Press, Malvina had been living in a private zoo in Eastern Ukraine until the invasion began, at which point she was transferred to the White Rock Bear Shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital.

Malvina and many other black bears were transferred to Germany by the Animal Protection Association of Schleswig-Holstein on March 16.

“Since we still had place in our animal welfare center for a collar bear, it was obvious: Malvina is coming to us!” Tierschutzbund, a German animal protection organization, posted on Facebook.


Transporting an animal across a war-torn country was difficult, as has frequently been the case during this crisis, but they got Malvina out safely and sound, and she is now in good care.

“The travel grew tough, but we were able to safely convey Malvina to Weidefeld in the end.”


It’s the most recent development for Malvina, who, according to Tierschutzbund, “lived for years in a tiny cage in a private zoo” in “catastrophic conditions” before being rescued in 2019.

“Malvina has now found a bear-worthy forever home with us and will be able to recover after her long path of misery,” they stated.


Malvina has adjusted nicely to her new circumstances. White Rock Bear Shelter was relieved to find that their old friend had arrived safely.

“Many thanks to the amazing Tierschutzbund for [adopting Malvina] and congrats from her,” they wrote. “We are overjoyed for our baby girl.”


We’re relieved that Malvina is safe and sound. Thank you to everyone that assisted her in reaching safety.

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