In October of 2010, on a routine inspection of a local zoo the inspecting team found a 4 month old bear cub in a tiny enclosure, no more than 3m by 3m. He was sitting in his stark enclosure knawing at his own paw. It is known that a bear can actually chew off his own paw through frustration, depression etc and the bear expert on the team was fearful for this little one. After the vet inspection, immediate recommendations were issued that the bear be removed from the zoo in an attempt to save its life.
The letters were issued and signed by the authorities and within a few hours the teams were assembled for the confiscation. The truck pulled in to New Hope at 9pm and as the doors of the transport opened we were met with the site of a terrified little brown bear pacing in his crate. It was obvious that the confiscation of this little one would in fact save his life. We settled him quickly in his new enclosure where he immediately set to work exploring, playing and eating anything and everything in sight! That night we had to tear ourselves away from him hoping that he would have a good night and we looked forward to the next day of play!
Arriving at New Hope the next morning, we were met with call from little Eddie, which he was quickly named, as he waited for his playmates, and we set to work installing a paddling pool and some new toys.
In December of the same year we were able to construct an outside enclosure for Eddie. It was the very first time he felt real soil beneath his feet and was able to experience lying under a tree. It was a wonderful sight to see him discovering his new world.
As time passed it was clear that Teddie needed very specific care in a facility dedicated to bears. After conferring with our partners at Four Paws it was agreed that Teddie would move to Arbesbach Bear park in Austria. Teddie set off on his adventure in May of 2011 and once at Arbesbach he was thrilled to be around other bears where he thrived and grew into the glorious bear he was meant to be.