Animal rescuers were given special permission to evade coronavirus lockdown rules to save three loveable brown bear cubs in Russia.
They drove a round trip of 1,600 miles to collect the starving babies abandoned by their mother, and place them in a special orphanage for the predators.
She fled after loggers had damaged her den with their cutting equipment.
The lumberjacks left the three-month-old bears alone in the damaged den for two days hoping the female would return but she did not.
A brown bear cub enjoys a bowl of milk after staff from the Rescue Centre for Orphaned Bear Cubs were allowed to break lockdown to travel from Tver to Kirov in Russia to save three cubs
The staff took food supplies and sleeping bags to rescue the bears as all the motels on route were closed. The rescuers kept human contact to a minimum as they will return to the wild
Staff from the Rescue Centre for Orphaned Bear Cubs got permits to drive from Tver region to Kirov region to save the tiny cubs during Covid-19 lockdown.
They took food supplies and sleeping bags because all motels were closed on the route due to the coronavirus crisis.
The two males and a female were named Lyokha and Mirny, both weighing 5lbs, and Lala, 4lbs.
But the rescuers kept human contact to a minimum as the beasts will be returned to the wild after being raised in the unique orphanage.
The two male cubs were named Lyokha and Mirny, both weighing 5lbs, and the female cub was called Lala, weighing 4lbs. They are currently being raised in a special orphanage
‘We are feeding them with small portions of milk-based porridge with egg yolk and vitamins,’ said a spokesman.
‘We are hoping their weight will increase.’
The Rescue Centre for Orphaned Bear Cubs have rescued 229 orphaned brown bear cubs and released them back into the wild over the past 23 years.