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  • Bears once performed for a circus in Russia but were no longer needed when the company downsized in 2014
  • Animal tamer Pavel Kurya rescued them and looks after them in Kalachyovsky District, south western Russia
  • Pictures show muzzled bears cooling off in a dip in a water trough and taking a seat on a specially made chair

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 11:37 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 11:46 EDT, 20 March 2017

These pictures show how a former animal tamer is keeping two bears at his own house in after the animals were ditched by a Russian circus.

Pavel Kurya keeps the muzzled animals in cages at his dacha - a country house - in the Kalachyovsky District of Volgograd Oblast, Russia.

The bears, believed to be called Egor and Heaven, once performed with a circus before the company downsized in 2014.  

Kurya took the giant mammals in and has looked after them at his home ever since.

It is thought they were not released into the wild amid fears they would not have been able to survive alone having lived their lives in captivity.

Pictures show one of the muzzled bears cooling off in a water trough at the dacha and another taking a seat on a specially made chair. Others show Kurya petting and feeding the animals in their cages.

Feeding time: Russian man Pavel Kurya is housing two bears at his own house after they became surplus to requirement at a circus Feeding time: Russian man Pavel Kurya is housing two bears at his own house after they became surplus to requirement at a circus

Feeding time: Russian man Pavel Kurya is housing two bears at his own house after they became surplus to requirement at a circus

The bear tamer keeps the animals in cages at his dacha - a country house - in the Kalachyovsky District of Volgograd Oblast, Russia The bear tamer keeps the animals in cages at his dacha - a country house - in the Kalachyovsky District of Volgograd Oblast, Russia

The bear tamer keeps the animals in cages at his dacha - a country house - in the Kalachyovsky District of Volgograd Oblast, Russia

The bears, believed to be called Egor and Heaven, once performed with a circus before the company downsized in 2014 The bears, believed to be called Egor and Heaven, once performed with a circus before the company downsized in 2014

The bears, believed to be called Egor and Heaven, once performed with a circus before the company downsized in 2014

Rather than abandoning the giant animals, Kurya took them in and has looked after them at his home ever since Rather than abandoning the giant animals, Kurya took them in and has looked after them at his home ever since

Rather than abandoning the giant animals, Kurya took them in and has looked after them at his home ever since

Pictures show one of the muzzled bears taking a dip in a pool at the dacha and another taking a seat on a specially made chair (pictured) Pictures show one of the muzzled bears taking a dip in a pool at the dacha and another taking a seat on a specially made chair (pictured)

Pictures show one of the muzzled bears taking a dip in a pool at the dacha and another taking a seat on a specially made chair (pictured)

The rescued bears are being looked after at a house in the Kalachyovsky District of Volgograd Oblast, south western Russia The rescued bears are being looked after at a house in the Kalachyovsky District of Volgograd Oblast, south western Russia

The rescued bears are being looked after at a house in the Kalachyovsky District of Volgograd Oblast, south western Russia

Kurya stands next to one of his two bears. He took the animals in after the circus where they once performed decided to downsize Kurya stands next to one of his two bears. He took the animals in after the circus where they once performed decided to downsize

Kurya stands next to one of his two bears. He took the animals in after the circus where they once performed decided to downsize

Bear tamer Kurya is able to feed the muzzled animals by hand. One of the bears is pictured standing up on its back legs before being given a snack Bear tamer Kurya is able to feed the muzzled animals by hand. One of the bears is pictured standing up on its back legs before being given a snack

Bear tamer Kurya is able to feed the muzzled animals by hand. One of the bears is pictured standing up on its back legs before being given a snack

One of the bears reclines on a specially adapted chair while another one looks out from a cage at the house in Russia One of the bears reclines on a specially adapted chair while another one looks out from a cage at the house in Russia

One of the bears reclines on a specially adapted chair while another one looks out from a cage at the house in Russia

Animal tamer Pavel Kudrya is pictured near one of the cages. He has looked after the animals ever since they became surplus to requirement at a circus Animal tamer Pavel Kudrya is pictured near one of the cages. He has looked after the animals ever since they became surplus to requirement at a circus

Animal tamer Pavel Kudrya is pictured near one of the cages. He has looked after the animals ever since they became surplus to requirement at a circus

 

 


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