Bear Pushes Injured Trainer Around in Wheelchair
A Russian man is taking an unusual route to recovering his health—with the help of bears.
Oleg Aleksandrov, a member of the Great Moscow Circus, fell 18 meters (60 feet) last year while fitting equipment at the top of a circus tent, breaking both of his legs.
At the time he was in the process of raising three bear cubs, which he called his “hairy children”.
“I remember when I fell, I was very worried about when they’d finally come back to me, because I hadn’t seen them in something like four months,” Aleksandrov told Ruptly.
But he shouldn’t have worried because the bears did indeed remember him.
“I approached them and stretched out my hand and they sniffed it for a long time. They probably recognized me by my scent and could tell what had happened to me. They of course accepted this scent as one of their own,” he said.
And now the bears are helping him recover from his injuries, even pushing his wheelchair.