Polar bears are magnificent creatures, but they are in risk of extinction. Those that live in the wild, on the other hand, have the opportunity to fight for themselves, seek for food, and rear their cubs. For many years, Napa’s sole life was one in which he was chained to concrete and cage.
Napa was forced to perform in front of people as a circus bear, and he never got the chance to enjoy his existence. When he wasn’t being rolled out in front of circus guests to entertain, he was severely handled and kept to small spaces.
After a rule prohibiting the use of wild animals in circuses was implemented in Siberia in 2009, he was forced to spend his days in a small cage since the group that controlled him no longer needed him. When Four Paws learned about Napa’s situation, they determined that they needed to act quickly to attempt to save the bear.
In 2016, Four Paws was able to free Napa from his cage and transfer him in a temporary holding facility in a Siberian zoo. It took another two years for Napa to be able to live the life that the animal charity had fought so hard to help him accomplish.
After a time, he eventually arrived at the bear refuge in Switzerland and became the facility’s first resident. As you can see in the video, he has a lot of freedom to live his life and explore without being bound by chains and iron bars as he was in the circus.
Fortunately, there are kind people all throughout northern and central Europe committed to rescuing imprisoned bears and transporting them to sanctuaries where they can live out their lives free of the mental torment of being caged.
Let’s hope Napa can spend his final years in peace and quiet, and at the very least enjoy in some of the minor pleasures of life that he has been missing out on his entire life.