23-years-ago Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko of Russia gained a family member… but not one that they ever expected to welcome. Two hunters, friends of the Panteleenko’s, brought a bear cub to their doorstep and asked if they would take the little one in.
In the absence of wildlife rehab programs and no mother in the area, the Panteleenko’s agreed to do their best to rear the small one. Little did they know then, but their surprise guest would change their lives forever.
The couple adopted Stepan when when was a three month old orphaned cub.