POSTED: August 24th 2011
NewsUpdate

UPDATE: Sochi 2014 endeavoring to save hostage Moscow Olympics bear

The 36 year old bear named Katya is held in filthy conditions in a cage too small to move around in so she just jumps up and down / Associated Press photos
The 36 year old bear named Katya is held in filthy conditions in a cage too small to move around in so she just jumps up and down / Associated Press photos

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

SEOUL: SportsFeatures.com has stayed on top of the situation of the Moscow Olympics bear being held in a small cage in a rusty bus in St. Petersburg.

The Associated Press first broke the story with VITA Animal rights group about the 36 year old bear who performed during the 1980 Olympics then continued on as a circus bear and was retired in 2009 and since has been kept in very unhealthy conditions.

SportsFeatures.com has reached out to Sochi 2014 to save the Olympic bear as she would be a wonderful legacy to add to Sochi 2014 as the Moscow Games used Misha the bear as their mascot. The upcoming winter Sochi Games feature a polar bear, snow leopard and the hare that are mascots of the next Russian Olympics.

Sochi 2014 released an exclusive statement to SportsFeatures.com about the works going on to save Katya the bear: “Animal welfare is very important to Sochi 2014 and we are keen to see this matter resolved as soon as possible. The Katya situation is being dealt by the appropriate NGOs and respective authorities that are negotiating with the owner of the bear.”

The original story was published here: http://www.sportsfeatures.com/olympicsnews/story/49005/update-moscow-olympics-bear-held-hostage-caged-in-a-rusty-bus


Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Moscow 1980 · Katya the Olympic Bear


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