Seven bears have been evacuated from a Ukrainian animal shelter near Kyiv as Russian attacks intensify. On the 5th of March, the White Rock Shelter asked for emergency help to evacuate its resident bears. Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr offered to house the animals for the duration of the conflict. Four Paws, the animal welfare charity behind the sanctuary, says five adult bears and two cubs arrived safely at the facility after a 24-hour trip during which the truck had to stop many times due to road checkpoints, tank convoys, and enemy shelling. Domazhyr village is on the outskirts of Lviv near the Polish border. Staff at Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr remain on-site to care for its 29 bears during the conflict. They are also planning further steps to support other animals in the besieged country.

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