BULGARIA – Three bear cubs rescued by Bulgarian environmental officials and a conservation charity on Saturday, April 21, are now receiving care in a bear sanctuary in the south-west of the country.

The cubs, two males and one female, are thought to be about three months old. Staff at the Dancing Bears conservation park are feeding them with goat’s milk fortified with vitamins.

Staff at the charity say the bears are suffering from stress due to separation from their mother. There are also concerns about the smallest of the three, a male cub weighing less than two kilograms.

According to Dancing Bears conservation park’s manager Dimitar Ivanov, the cubs were found by environmental inspectors near the village of Barutin in the mountainous Smolyan province on the border with Greece on Saturday evening.

They called staff at the park in Belitsa in neighboring Blagoevgrad province who took the cubs to safety.

The park is managed by the international animal welfare charity “Four Paws”.