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When we think of conservation we automatically think of far away, exotic species standing on the brink of extinction, expecting our intervention. But we often forget to look in our own back yard. Even if Europe is nowadays a highly agglomerate, industrial, “developed” world, that has nothing to do with the remote or exotic flair of the Amazonian jungle or the wide African savannas, there are still patches of wilderness closer to us than we might expect.

The habitat of Europe’s iconic species was reduced over time to such an extent, that some of the countries completely excluded form their lives the simple idea of having wild animals among their settlements. The socio-economic landscape of Europe has been modified in the last two centuries so profoundly, that, for example, in Austria and Germany the people’s fear of being attacked on the ski slopes rejected any programs of reintroduction of the brown bear, or any other big carnivore whatsoever.Picture 058 (more…)

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Young female brown bear (Ursus arctos) , age approx 9-10 months was rescued from a touristic mountain area and arrived at the Orphan Bear Rehabilitation Center  from Harghita. The rescue party saw a laceration with purulent discharge on one of the thoracic limbs. They immediately consider to put a bandage with a medicinal plant estract (Euphorbia silvestris) and call for the assistance of a vet.IMG_4880

At the vet’s arrival, the bandage was  already ripped off by the bear and the laceration was easily seen.  Because of the aggressive nature of the cub and the stressful intervention, it was considered to  put the animal under anesthesia, and a proper inspection to be taken. (more…)

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