Bear conservation group launches appeal for injured cub


Greek bear conservation group Arcturos on Friday launched a public appeal through the media for funds to help treat a brown bear cub that was injured in neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last month.

Ushko, a 5-month old male cub, was transferred to Arcturos’s sanctuary in Florina, northern Greece, on July 6 from a conservation society in FYROM. The young bear has a broken pelvis, possibly from being hit by a car, and cannot stand on his back legs.

Arcturos said that he requires expensive treatment and regular X-rays to ensure that the break is healing properly.

The group has seen public donations dwindle throughout the course of the crisis and has also faced additional shortages due to the recent imposition of capital controls in Greece.