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VLADIVOSTOK, November 18. /TASS/. Two Himalayan bears, named Chuk and Nastya, have joined the ranks of the Primorsky safari park inhabitants, the park press service said. Visitors can watch the bears from a hanging bridge.
“The bear house adjoins a leopard’s territory, visitors may watch the bears, as well as the leopard and tigers form a bridge. This area occupies a picturesque hillside with some beautiful rocks in its upper part and a valley with a pool for the bears in the lower part. The bear enclosure is the most complex construction in the safari park,” the press service noted.
A two-year-old Himalayan bear Chuk was the first to be brought to the park, a she-bear named Nastya joined him later. The predators explored their new territory, the trees and the rocks. Later on the same day a female badger, who had been playing with Chuk in spring, was also brought to the area.
The adjoining enclosure is home to a leopard named Velikoross, who took great interest in his new neighbors and at first was running up and down the hill eager to meet them.
The Himalayan bears have been eating five to eight liters of food in a day, they are fed on rice and millet porridge, dried fruit, fresh fruit and vegetables, and honey.
The Primorsky safari park consists of several territories inhabited by dozens of animal and bird species. Most of the animals and birds were found injured or sick and though they have been cured, they are now unable to live in the wild.
The safari park participates in various ecological programs in the Primorye region particularly aimed to preserve rare kinds of animals. The park became world-famous when a tiger named Amur and a goat named Timur made friends with each other there.