Orphan bears released into the wild after survival training

One-year-old orphan bears Bradley and Cooper were released into the wild on Saturday after being trained on how to make it on their own.

The 16-month old yearlings were tagged and released by the environmental group Arcturos, who run a bear sanctuary in Florina in northern Greece.

"It is like having a child and suddenly telling him: 'It's time for you to leave home and get an education on your own.'

"But you do it with joy because you know that the home where we were, was not their normal home, and they should return to nature because that is where they should be," said Arcturos Scientific Coordinator Alexandros Karamalidis, who released the bears.

Since cubs they have been trained on how to find food on their own in the forest, how to make a nest for the winter, and other basic survival skills that their mother would have taught them, said Arcturos...

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