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Domesticated bear lives with Russian family

Not your average bear, Stepan enjoys long walks in the garden, watching tv and enjoying a spot of tea at the table.

Domesticated bear lives with Russian family

This seemingly ordinary couple from Russia have an extraordinary story – or pet rather.

The couple have a fur baby of a different kind. Adopted as a 3-month old cub, Stepan was rescued after being found close to death and abandoned in a forest.

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Svetlana and Yuri Panteleenko, from Moscow, Russia, decided to give the 7ft bear a home and 23 years later, the bear has cemented his place within the family.

“He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all,” said Mrs Panteleenko. “We have never been bitten by Stepan.”

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The bear apparently eats 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs every day and loves playing with his parents, watching tv and cuddling on the couch.

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