- Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, from Russia, act as parents to a 23-year-old bear named Stepan
- The couple adopted the bear when he was just three months old, the reason why the bear has.become so domesticated
- Stepan sits at the dinner table with the couple and sometimes can be seen doing chores like watering the plants
MOSCOW, Russia – A family from Russia made the international headlines after they introduced an unusual family member; a grown up bear that eats at the dinner table, watches TV with the couple and does his fair share of household chores.
Jake Polden mentioned in his article for Mail Online published on May 30 that Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko from Russia, act as parents to a 23-year-old bear named Stepan.
A fully grown-up bear, Stepan stands 7 feet (2.13 meters) tall and weighs over 130 kilograms (287 pounds).
Stepan, who have become so domesticated, sits at the dinner table with the couple and sometimes can be seen watering the plants.
The couple revealed that Stepan consumes more than a bowl of porridge every day, together with around 25 kilograms of fish, vegetables, and eggs. As snacks, Stepan consumes a can of condensed milk.
An article by Jon Livesey for Mirror Co UK said that Svetlana and Yuriy adopted Stepan when he was just three months old. The bear is so used to the couple he can be found cuddling up to them on the sofa.
“Stepan likes nothing more than to cuddle up with us on the sofa at night while we’re watching television,” Svetlana said.
“When we adopted him, he was only three months old and had been found by hunters in the forest having lost his mother,” Svetlana added.
Svetlana said the young Stepan was in a very bad condition that time, but luckily, they manage to nurse him back.
The couple said Stepan is a “really sociable bear” and despite his strong and huge appearance, he is not aggressive at all.
“We have never been bitten by Stepan,” Svetlana said; emphasizing how gentle the giant animal is.
“He’s got so many talents and loves a picnic. It’s a wonder he doesn’t eat us out of house and home,” Svetlana added.