Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko live with a 136kg brown bear, Stepan. Stepan was found in the woods near to their home after having lost his mother. The couple adopted him when he was just three months of age, meaning he hadn’t yet grown out of his gentle ways. He’s now 23-years-old and 2.1m tall. Stepan eats over 25kg of food every day, much of it at the dinner table, and engages with the couple as a functioning member of the family – even doing daily chores.
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