A pair of bears who have lived their life on display in captivity are now able to roam free.
For 10 years brown bears, Ari and Arina have been held in a 20-square-meter cage to amuse visitors at a Kosovo restaurant.
On Wednesday international animal charity group Four Paws helped rescued the bears and and transported them to a sanctuary outside Pristina.
Even though Kosovo does not allow private ownership of wild animals, this pair somehow fell through the cracks. Police on Wednesday held back the restaurant’s angry owners as the bears were taken away.
It says authorities expect to rescue another 15 bears in illegal captivity — at restaurants, private zoos and other places — by year’s end.