THE “world’s saddest bear” has spent his total life behind bars in a small, filthy cage and goes days with out meals in a hellhole zoo.

Nelson the brown bear has lived like this within the Armenian zoo since he was a cub, with locals claiming his captors neglect his wants solely for days, earlier than lastly providing simply sufficient vitamin to outlive.

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Nelson was mentioned to have developed arthritis in addition to shedding his sight two years in the past[/caption]

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The coalition behind the Nice Bear Rescue has reportedly freed 30 bears as a part of the operation, however suspects as much as 50 extra are in want of assist[/caption]

Campaigners are actually making an attempt to free the aged blind bear, based on stories from the Every day Star.

Nelson was additionally mentioned to have developed arthritis and misplaced his sight two years in the past.

Missing any area to train , Nelson has worn within the flooring of his cage, from pacing round in the identical circles, day in, day trip.

Alan Knight, Chief Government of Worldwide Animal Rescue (IAR), mentioned the bear had served a “30 yr life sentence” behind bars. 

“He has suffered the psychological and bodily torture of a lifetime locked up in a small, barren cage with nothing to amuse or distract him,” he mentioned.

“He has paced spherical and spherical for thus lengthy that he has worn a observe on the ground. His tooth are damaged from gnawing on the bars of the cage. And about two years in the past, the poor animal went blind. 

“He’s in ache from arthritis and now additionally lives in darkness.”

UK-based charity IAR and its companions in Armenia, the Basis for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Belongings, are making use of the stress for Nelson to be free of his horrendous dwelling circumstances.

In a press release launched on Monday, IAR known as for the Armenian authorities to power Armen Tadevosyan – the bear’s captor – to give up the bear.

“The bear’s life sentence should not be allowed to turn out to be a loss of life sentence,” Knight mentioned.

“There may be nonetheless time for him to know kindness and compassion.

“We’re calling on the Armenian authorities to point out clemency to this bear by permitting us to rescue him whereas there’s nonetheless time. His ‘proprietor’ claims to like the bear however loving an animal means taking correct care of it and feeding it, not letting it reside in squalor and neglect.”

“The bear’s life sentence should not be allowed to turn out to be a loss of life sentence.”


Alan Knight, Chief Government of Worldwide Animal Rescue

The Nice Bear Rescue was launched by the IAR and FPWC in 2017, with the ambition of rehoming all caged bears in Armenia.

The coalition has reportedly freed 30 bears as a part of the operation, however nonetheless suspects as much as 50 extra are in want of assist.

Ruben Khachatryan, Founder and Director of FPWC, mentioned: “We urgently want the federal government’s go-ahead to rescue this poor outdated bear in order that it could spend its remaining years in our care.

“Disgrace on the person who has allowed him to reside for 30 years in such a stunning state. He should absolutely be the world’s saddest bear, to have lived in ache and darkness for such a really very long time. 

“As soon as the federal government is conscious of this case, it could’t flip its again on the animal’s struggling.”

As soon as freed, Mr Khachatryan mentioned the charities will do every thing of their energy to make sure Nelson’s retirement was a cheerful one.

“With the federal government’s help, we are able to transfer this bear to our Wildlife Rescue Centre the place our rescued bears are properly cared for and be taught to take pleasure in life after years of distress,” he mentioned.

“Our vet will deal with his illnesses and we are able to even discover out whether or not his sight might be restored.

“The individuals of Armenia shall be horrified that an animal is being saved in such appalling circumstances and I do know will be part of us in calling on the federal government to behave instantly to save lots of him.”

In 2018, the coalition launched footage of an abused bear seeing daylight for the primary time in years, after it was rescued by charity staff.


The emaciated bear had been locked up behind steel bars inside a hellish zoo and was unable to maneuver.

However members from the Basis for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Belongings eliminated the bars and dragged the bear out of its cell in Echmiadzin, Armenia.

The video was streamed on the Worldwide Animal Rescue Fb web page as a part of the marketing campaign.

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Ruben Khachatryan, Founder and Director of FPWC, mentioned Nelson should absolutely be the “world’s saddest bear”[/caption]

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Khachatryan mentioned the charities would do every thing of their energy to make sure Nelson’s retirement was a cheerful one[/caption]