Meet the Panteleenko family, who have taken the phrase “living with a bear” to a whole new level. When Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko adopted Stepan the bear, he was just a three-month-old cub. Today, the mammal is 23 years old, weighs a whopping 300lb, and stands at a height of over seven feet. Despite his intimidating size, Stepan is so domesticated that he often cuddles up to the couple in the evenings and even watches TV on the sofa with them.
The bear is known for his helpful nature, and he’s been spotted watering plants in the garden. However, his diet is far from ordinary, as he eats a whopping 25kg of fish, vegetables, and eggs every day. Stepan’s sweet tooth means that he loves a can of condensed milk and is also a football fanatic, which helps him work off his large appetite.
Svetlana and Yuriy have known Stepan since he was a cub, and they say that his temperament is extremely gentle. Despite his size, he is not aggressive and has never bitten them. The couple enjoys picnics with Stepan and watching him use his many talents. However, feeding Stepan is no easy feat, and they have to make sure they always have enough food for him.