Although a double-headed eagle appears on Russia’s coat of arms, the bear is the country’s unofficial mascot and, some may argue, even more well-known and generally recognized.
Only Russians, it seems, may prefer bears as pets, with the rest of the world preferring cats and dogs. Exactly that is the topic of today’s story.
Veronica Dichka, a resident of Novosibirsk, can claim with confidence that Archie is her dependable friend. Archie, a native of Novosibirsk, was first sаvеd as a cub from a circus by Maya Kirsanova. He resided in a safari park with a few other bears up until the pandemic forced it to close. As time went on, it got harder and harder to keep up the shelter, and that’s when the heroic Veronica stepped in and took him in. It’s important to note that although Veronica was simply Archie’s friend, she had previously collaborated on a few picture assignments with the bear. However, they are now inseparable, and the pictures you will see below are proof of their unique bond.