At the end of the 1800s, a woman in Barcelona took to kidnapping small children, sometimes as newborns, raising them as her own and forcing them into prostitution as soon as they were able. When they became too old, or if they fell sick, she would kill them and sell ointments and remedies made with… Continue reading Uncovering the Russian Abuser of Infants
Starving, confused and disoriented, last week a wild boar was caught in the streets of Khabarovsk. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It’s most definitely not. While the wild boar is one of the most dangerous animals to hunt, catching one is even more dangerous, especially when you don’t have state-of-the-art equipment but have to rely on… Continue reading A new guest at Utyos
Today we’re going to talk about an animal that is unique to Russia: the Baikal Seal (Pusa sibirica). This earless seal can be found only in the (you guessed it!) Lake Baikal, which is the world’s largest freshwater lake (by volume, not extension) and deepest lake: scientists have calculated that it holds 20% of the… Continue reading The Baikal Seal
Remember the 100+ happy cats we told you about? Well, today we’re here to tell you about the ten happy bears in Utyos that, because of your donations and support, will be sleeping warm and snug all winter and not even notice the holidays that are nearly upon us! When they wake up, the first snowdrops… Continue reading Ten Happy Bears
This morning, our telephone rang. It was Eduard, the director of Utyos, calling us with some news: the bear cubs at their facility are not eight anymore, they are ten! Two more cubs were brought to the sanctuary in the last few weeks: one of them was found sleeping, alone and emaciated, in a farmer’s barn, probably… Continue reading Finally!
This Halloween we wanted to sweeten your day by giving you some good news: the bears that are currently in the Utyos rescue and rehabilitation centre are still alive and growing! Earlier this year, Utyos received eight bear cubs from different mothers, who had been most probably killed by hunters. Half-starved and extremely stressed, the… Continue reading The Bear Necessities
Three weeks ago, an unthinkable tragedy struck the animal rehabilitation centre Totem in Tomsk, Russia. After years of sleepless nights, stress and struggle to raise enough funds to run the centre, that cares for over 250 wild animals, at the young age of 37 its founder, Maria Vtorushina, suddenly died after suffering a severe stroke.… Continue reading A tragedy stricken animal rehabilitation centre Totem in Russia is fighting to survive