We were contacted by the Wildwood Trust, who were desperately trying to rescue a pair of Bulgarian Bears. They needed shipping containers to do this, but they could not find a container company in the UK who could help with their small budget. Of course, we could help.
The bears were kept in small, barren concrete pit in an abandoned bear breeding centre called Kormisosh, in Bulgaria. Kormisosh was used to breed bears to be shot by hunters until 1993 when bears received a protected status and bear hunting was outlawed. As a result, Kormisosh was abandoned, leaving the bears to a life of misery and neglect.
The bears received only basic care and a sub-standard diet of dried porridge. They had never been outside of their concrete pens, never seen a tree or even walked on grass.
The bears were sedated and started their 3 day trip to the Wildwood Trust, Herne Bay to enjoy a new life of luxury.
Here at Containers 4 Sale UK we volunteered to help build the enclosure for the bears, kitting it out with their own swimming pool, trees to climb and bushes to encourage them to learn how to forage for their own food and supplied the containers which the bears are spending their first few weeks in. Our containers were converted into bedrooms for the bears.
Within the first day, the bears made themselves cosy in our containers. The bigger bear ventured out of the container, had a bite to eat and went back in for a sleep. They have straw in their containers which they are completely obsessed with as they’ve never seen straw before!
These bears underwent veterinary examinations, checking to make sure they are fit and healthy. They also had intensive dental treatment. Their mental health was the biggest concern for the Wildwood Trust.
The bears were in quarantine for 4 months whilst they settled and received rehabilitation. As soon as their time in quarantine was over, they were able to roam the full 1.5 acre enclosure.
The bears are now fully rehabilitated, living a fabulous life at the Wildwood Trust, and yes, their container bedrooms are still where they sleep!