Mikhail Andreevich and Syumak became friends during their staying at the Center. Also, both bears arrived from neighbor regions. So, when the time came to return them into the nature, we, together with specialists from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Komi Republic, decided not to separate them and release together.
The way to the release site was almost two thousand km and took us two days. The cubs endured such a long journey without any complications. But they did not leave the cages very willingly – any way the long journey affected. Syumak was the first who left the cage. Mikhail Andreevich cautiously left the cage in few minutes after Syumak. Both cubs ran away into the forest in the same direction, where they immediately found each other. The young bears, driven by a sense of fear and a reaction of avoidance of human because of our presence, immediately climbed a tall tree. We left the place as quick as possible in order not to disturb Syumak and Mikhail Andreyevich anymore.