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Bear Hug? No Problem. Meet 7-Feet-Tall Stepan And His Humans

A family in Russia owns a pet bear. A 7-feet tall pet bear.

  1. A family in Russia owns a pet bear.
  2. The 23-year-old bear is named Stepan.
  3. The family has trained the 23-year-old bear to live with humans.


Wouldn’t it be cool to have a pet that could hug you back – in fact, bear hug you back? The jury’s out on that one but guess what, a family in Russia has made this literally possible by domesticating a wild bear. If you don’t believe it, watch this video that shows a giant bear who eats and plays with his humans and even helps out with chores.

According to the video, posted by Cater Clips on YouTube, a Russian couple named Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko live with a 7-feet-tall bear named Stepan who is now 23. Stepan, a brown bear, was adopted by the family when he was just three-months-old.

For Panteleenkos, this bear is family and they even celebrate festivals, watch TV and chill in the living room together. Check out the awesome Facebook pictures that the couple has posted with Stepan.





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