While Russians are well known for their strange habits, the Panteleenko family definitely beats the usual limits. Svetlana and her husband Yuriy proudly call themselves the parents of Stepan, a 23-year old cute, cuddly and welcoming..bear.
The couple adopted the animal when it was only 3 months old. Stepan, as he was unofficially named by his adoptive mother and father, was found in the woods by local hunters, after his mother abandoned him. As soon as Svetlana and Yuriy Panateleenko saw the fluffy wild animal, which was also quite wounded, they knew they were going to take care of him for as long as they can.
Twenty-three years later, everything’s the same, except for Stepan’s weight, which is now over 300 lb. His diet includes approximately 25 kg of fish, eggs and various vegetables. For snack he has a bowl of porridge and his favorite dessert is condensed milk.
In his defense, Stepan is very active and burns plenty of calories. Just as a normal family member, he developed a few habits and favorite activities of his own. Apparently, the bear has several years of experience in playing football and enjoys picnic in the backyard. Stepan also likes spending the afternoons indoors. He drinks tea with his mother and watches TV before sleep.
While many people consider the bear to be a dangerous animal, the Panteleenko’s strongly disagree. Stepan is calm and friendly and he has never bitten anyone, even with those that he’s never met before.