Meet Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, the Russian couple who proudly call themselves the parents of Stepan, a 7ft tall and 300lb bear. Stepan was adopted by the Panteleenkos when he was just 3-months old and is now part of the family.
Stepan was found by hunters in a forest all alone and in a very bad condition, and that’s when the couple decide to give him a home. 23 years later, Stepan has grown into a cute, cuddly and loving bear and still lives with his adopted family.
Stepan requires 25kgs of fish, eggs and vegetables to feed him everyday. He snacks on porridge and his favorite dessert is condensed milk. But he does make his contributions to the family by appearing in films and posing for photo shoots.
The couple say that he also helps around the house by watering the plants. Stepan loves being outdoors and enjoys playing ball with his family. And of course, he likes to snuggle on the couch and watch TV too.
While many of us may think that bears are aggressive creatures, the Panteleenkos strongly disagree. They say that Stepan is a really sociable bear, he loves people and has never bitten them.