They're back! Watch as the Russian family we featured in a recent article has fun on a camping trip in the country with their 300-pound, 7-foot tall pet brown bear, Stepan. Stepan, an animal actor who has appeared in movies and TV shows, loves an opportunity to show off his good manners and playfulness as he romps with the family and is rewarded with a treat.
Svetlana, the family’s matriarch, told Country Living that they were all rather terrified at the thought of having a bear as a pet at first, but now she says he's just like a large, friendly dog in whose paws the family feels safe and secure.
Stepan enjoys eating gently from the hands of mom, dad, and the two kids, though sometimes they feed him from a large spoon.
One of Stepan's favorite games is hide-and-seek, which delights the family's four-year-old daughter, Mira. Mira is quite taken with Stepan, and her mother says she talks about their unusual pet constantly.
Stepan reportedly also enjoys cuddling, something that the family is more than happy to indulge. The family says Stepan is very gentle and sociable and has never bitten nor behaved aggressively with anyone.
Stepan has been with his family for 23 years and was adopted at just 3 months old before he developed any feral or aggressive tendencies. His daily diet is 55 pounds of fish, veggies, porridge and eggs.
See this unique bear playing hide and seek with the kids in the video below, and SHARE if you’d like to meet him.