Platon was a brown bear cub, who was brought to the centre by his rescuer in a dog carrier by train! He was saved by a lovely young lady, from Blagoveshchensk, a city located 700 km away from the centre. Platon had simply been dumped on the door step of the animal shelter Olga Shchetinina was volunteering at. After a couple of months of hand rearing Platon, Olga was determined to find a proper home for him, because neither her house nor the cats and dogs shelter she volunteered at were a suitable home for a bear cub! This is why Olga decided to bring Platon to Utyos – she knew Platon would be released back into the wild once he was ready, instead of being stuck in a cage for the rest of his life. After spreading the word about Platon, he became a local superstar and the whole town raised enough cash for a train ticket to Utyos. Olga and Platon’s train was seen off by local residents and a news channel. It was a royal farewell!
Platon, the traveller.
Platon on his train journey to Utyos, accompanied by his rescuer Olga.
Four months later, Platon is too heavy to follow his step-siblings up the trees. His nickname is Fatty, but we don’t tell him that! You see, brown bears are considerably larger than Himalayan bears, and once fully grown are no longer able to climb trees due to their sheer size and weight. Whereas, Himalayan bears spend most of their lives in trees. Platon is big enough to make it on his own in the wild. Final preparations, last big fattening dinners and Platon will be released into the vast Russian forest so he can build his winter den and hibernate all the winter. When he wakes up in April he will be a fully grown mighty Russian bear.