Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Voytek, the Soldier Bear

An Iranian bear was adopted by Polish troops in World War II. Named Voytek, the bear was enlisted in order to be transferred to Italy with his unit.

"He was just like a dog - nobody was scared of him," said Polish veteran Augustyn Karolewski, who still lives near the site of the camp.

"He liked a cigarette, he liked a bottle of beer - he drank a bottle of beer like any man."

Voytek even helped load ammunition and supplies at the Battle of Monte Cassino. After the war, Voytek spent the rest of his days in Scotland at the Edinburgh Zoo. Now a campaign has been launched to build a permanent memorial for the “the Soldier Bear” in Scotland.

Read Voytek’s story. See more pictures of Voytek.

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