A 6-month-old bear cub who has captivated Slovenians arrived at a Romanian orphaned bear center where he will spend two years developing natural instincts before being returned to the wild.
Lucky has been at the sanctuary in Harghita in central Romania since last week and is doing well, bear orphanage chairman Leonardo Bereczky said Wednesday.
The cub became a celebrity in Slovenia, after a family who had found him agreed to hand him over to Vier Pfoten _ an animal protection group. However, just as he was about to be rehoused, Lucky disappeared _ apparently stolen.
The charity offered a euro1,100 ($1,575) reward, and the cub was eventually recovered. Police were investigating the disappearance.
Bereczky said the cub seems to have integrated well into a group of 11 animals of his age _ spending a lot of time in the trees, and returning to the ground in the evening to feed. He said the bear will return to Slovenia, if he shows he can manage to live in the wild.
Lucky is the first bear cub from another country to arrive at the Romanian orphanage, which Bereczky said was unique in Europe.
The orphanage currently houses 18 bears, some slightly older than Lucky.
Bereczky said that the center had successfully returned about 50 bears to the wild in the last six years.