6 Syrian bears in Iraq turn on rescuers upon their release

by Jenny Mount · Feb 12th, 2021 2:54 pm
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Last Updated Feb 13th, 2021 at 10:13 am

Six Syrian brown bears in northern Iraq were rescued and released into their new home in the Gara mountains, but not before charging a large crowd of cameramen, security guards, and onlookers.

The bears were secure in steel cages lined up on a wall, but moments after the cages were opened, chaos ensued as the spooked bears charged the crowd of terrified spectators. It is unknown at this time if anyone was injured.

The American-Kurdish Association released the bears in an effort to save the near-extinct species. Eventually, the six bears wandered off into the snowy landscape of their new home near Duhok.

"The bears were brought from areas in southern Iraq. Some of them were bought, while the others were given to us by their owners," said Blend Prevkani, head of the American-Kurdish Association.

This marks the third release over the past few years.


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