Animal rights activists free Bulgaria’s last 3 dancing bears
"Our aim is to make their life more bearable in their remaining years."
- Ioana Tomescu, Four Paws Foundation spokesperson
Sofia, Bulgaria - After a lifetime of brutal treatment, including walking on burning embers, Bulgaria's last three dancing bears will get to rest their paws at a mountain sanctuary, in an apparent end to the centuries-old performance tradition in the Balkans.
The three bears will join another 20 brown bears on Mount Rila at a 30-acre sanctuary for former dancing bears 110 miles south of Sofia.