In a surprising and touching turn of events, a woman has managed to convince a bankrupt zoo to give her a bear cub! Veronika Dichka lives in Novosibirsk, Siberia, with her pet bear named Archie. Dichka adopted Archie when he was just a cub after she learned that the bear would have no place to stay after the local zoo in North Siberia closed down:
Veronika said of her incredible relationship with the bear Archie in an Instagram post: "Archie sees me as a member of his family. We share food, he sleeps in my arms and when he's afraid and hides behind me. We rescued him from the bankrupt zoo but we cannot release him into the wild because he has lived in captivity all his life. Archie spends every day with us and is madly in love with the water. He really likes it when I take him to new places, so this session where we went fishing together was a real pleasure for him! "