Ivan Leshenko, a 74-year-old pensioner living in the Ussuriysk region of Russia's Far East, looks after 11 Himalayan bears with his wife, Lubov. BBC Russian went to see them to find out how they did it.
Ten years ago, the authorities in Ussuriysk created a shelter for wounded or abandoned wild animals on the outskirts of Mr Leshenko's village. Now, there are only bears left, and Mr Leshenko and his wife are the only ones looking after them.
It is tiring for the couple to look after the bears, but they cannot transfer the animals anywhere else. Officially, bears belong to the state and cannot be sold or even put in a zoo. But neither could they survive in the wild.
The circus would not take them, either. It is believed that Himalayan bears cannot be easily trained. However, they can be acrobatic - one is seen here jumping from his cage to a nearby tree.
Even though the bears are the state's property, the government does not help them. Over the past three years, Mr Leshenko has gone twice a week to a nearby pizza restaurant, whose owner gives him bowls made of bread that he uses to serve soup.
Because the bears have been brought up by people, they are friendly and never roar. You can even pat them on the nose.
Mr and Mrs Leshenko let them out to walk around in an enclosed space. They love to climb trees, something their relatives do in the Himalayas.
The bears come back to the cages willingly - Mr Leshenko just has to beckon them with some oak leaves.
Mr Leshenko has created a den for the bears, but they have so far refused to hibernate in it. In the wilderness, bears live between 13 and 15 years, but in captivity they can live up to 25 years.
During the summer, the bears struggle with the heat. They tend to hide in a bathtub and drink a lot of water.
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