Watch: Adorable Baby Brown Bear Rescued
When Vladimir Potekhin spotted a small three-month-old brown bear in the Nizhny Novgorod region of western Russia, he waited and watched the cub, hoping the mother would return. When the mother bear never came, Potekhin told Russian wildlife officials he was so moved that he took the bear into his home, feeding it condensed milk and oatmeal.
(Potekhin declined an interview for this story.)
He eventually called the region's local wildlife unit, which took the bear into their care. The wildlife officials have since given the bear the nickname Baloo, and they moved it to Russia's Meshchora (also translated as Meshchyora and Meshchera) national park east of Moscow.
Video taken of the young bear's move to its new home shows