The harsh winters in eastern Turkey can prove to be a bane for the toughest of creatures.
The season is particularly arduous for birds, who are left without shelter as the freezing cold devours all foliage.
However, a community in the province of Kars has banded together to come up with a possible solution, making and putting up small wooden birdhouses around their village.
A brown bear named Arkadaş, which means "friend" in Turkish, which has been tracked through a satellite system that was attached to it in the Sarıkamış district of the eastern province of Kars, traveled 1033 kilometers in 141 days to find food and reproduce, according to an expert at Kuzeydoğa Association.
Two more provinces have joined a list of Turkish cities that have made wearing face masks mandatory in public, as the country began reopening and easing measures taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak on June 1.
The eastern Aegean province of Kütahya and the eastern province of Kars have made it mandatory to its residences to wear face masks in public.