The Brigitte Bardot Foundation to the rescue of the animals of the Gyumri zoo in Armenia
Alerted by the deplorable conditions of detention of 2 bears and 3 lions in a private zoo of Gyumri, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation decided to take action.
April 1st, 2016: After many difficulties, the bears out of the hell of the Gyumri private zoo flew to freedom. They arrived in Romania for a better life...
On March 22nd, 2016, Fondation Brigitte Bardot was in Yerevan for a press conference in the company of Mr Khachik Hakobyan, Armenian Minister for Nature Protection and Ruben Khachatryan, Director of the FPWC (Yerevan Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets).
Before accompanying the bears to their new habitat – the bears sanctuary “Libearty” in the heart of the Romanian Carpathians – the Foundation's spokesperson said, "In a few hours, the bear Masha and Misha, whose plight has shocked the public, will leave their cages for a natural environment. It is a hope for all the wild animals unjustly deprived of liberty. FPWC and Fondation Brigitte Bardot have worked together, with the support of the Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection, to achieve this great result. Beyond this particular case, I am pleased that this ministry will present a bill to strengthen national legislation, so that there never be another "zoo of shame" such as the one discovered in Gyumri. Armenia is now an example, the image of a progressive country, respectful of animals ... Congratulations, Thank You. "
During their quarantine at the Yerevan zoo, Masha and Misha have undergone all veterinary examinations and have received all the necessary treatments. They have been vaccinated against rabies. Their fur has considerably improved and they gained weight. Their behaviour has also significantly eased and they are no longer fighting for food and water.
In order to succeed in rescuing Masha and Misha, the Fondation Brigitte Bardot has been working closely with the Association “Armenian Environmental Network”, the FPWC connected to the Yerevan Zoo and the Romanian bear sanctuary Libearty, since November 2015. Underfed and living in tiny cages, the 2 bears and 3 lions of the Gyumri private zoo were in critical condition, the owner having no money for food and wishing to part from them.
The steps related to this rescue were tedious and took a lot of time. In order to allow the animals to regain the necessary strength for their transfer to a suitable place, Fondation Brigitte Bardot funded their food and medical care. Fondation Brigitte Bardot also supported all expenses related to the preparation and transfer of Masha and Misha to the sanctuary Libearty, which has agreed to take them and insure their future happiness.
Several organizations have taken over the rescue of the three lions, who are also on their way to a new life.
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