Bears are not typically the sort of animal that we would think of as being delicate or vulnerable in the same way we would, say, a bunny. They’re known for their large stature and intimidating presence. While this might be the case the majority of the time, these animals are still the common victims of human industries. Regardless of how menacing bears may be, unfortunately, when matched with rampant deforestation and habitat degradation, they are just as threatened as any other animal.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to help rescue and rehabilitate orphaned bear cubs in Russia who have been left defenseless in the wake of human encroachment. Thankfully, IFAW’s Orphaned Bear Rescue Center is doing a fantastic job and five of their current residents are reportedly thriving.

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According to IFAW, all five of these bears came to their shelter under similar circumstances. Their mothers were scared from their dens by tree-logging noise, leaving their cubs all alone. Rescuers were able to find the cubs after hearing their whining.

All of the little ones had to be bottle fed for the first few months – you won’t believe what they look like now!

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Little Mike was rescued the same day his eyes opened for the very first time. He is the only male in the group and is growing well.

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This cutie was only three weeks old when she came to the center. At first she was sluggish and wouldn’t eat, but after a round of antiobiotics, she perked up! Now with a clean bill of health, she’s enjoying playtime with her cub-mates.

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This pile of adorableness is actually three bears – Zoya, Zosya, and Masha. 

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After weeks of bottle feeding, caretakers report that the cubs have tripled in size and are happy as can be! Once they are strong enough and able to survive on their own, these cuties will head back to the wood where they belong.

To learn more about IFAW’s Orphan Bear Rescue Center, click here.

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