Gaika and Masha are two  bears who were part of a Russian circus.

They lived on a truck for 17 years.The owner/trainer died and the circus was closed. Now they are at their new home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Watch them experience freedom for the first time.

There are many animals who are lucky enough to live out their lives in the wild — free to do whatever they want whenever. However, unfortunately, there are some who become part of human entertainment for profit and these animals are confined, abused, and enslaved. Case in point: Gaika and Masha.

In the video, watch as Gaika and Masha feel the grass beneath their paws for the first time after being rescued! They run, prance, and jump for joy (literally!).

This heartwarming video of freedom will make your day. Wait till 0:28 to see how happy these bears really are!


Responses to "Two Circus Bears Experience Freedom For The First Time In 17 Years"

  1. Anonymous says:

    no animal should ever be caged!!! Ban circuses with animals!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    That is so sad and yet so beautiful.

  3. Anonymous says:

    so happy for them I'm crying...............

  4. Anonymous says:

    Heartwarming to see and lovely to know they'll live the rest of their life free.

  5. No wild animal should be used in a circus....Bring in the clowns, there ought to be clowns.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That is so cute!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Blessings to the ones that released these beautiful animals and shame on those that lock them up.!

  8. caroline says:

    keeping animals for or in a circus should be banned need for this, give me a petition and I will sign it!!!

  9. Unknown says:

    You feel the joy of these bears' first chance at a normal life. I'm happy for them. Wonderful story & video. I boycott all circuses with animals. Th ed ones that should be abused & caged up are the human animals!!!

  10. Free at last! Better late than never....I am so happy for them.

  11. betty says:

    in the Netherlands not allowed to have (wild) animals in cirsuses.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Quit going to zoos, circuses, etc. Refuse to look. Teach the children the same. In time, perhaps the atrocities will end. I hope and pray, anyhow.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The thing is, we humans are animals in circuses. We perform for our treats and survival. And we all benefit from learning about other animals on our planet. Someone has to learn and teach, so we can all 'get along'...or at least be on the highest level of the food chain that one can. So, my suggestion is to quit. Quit judging, because if you get upset at the caging, and still want to learn, then either find a better solution, or Shhhhhhh. Have your opinions, just Shhhhhhh.

  14. anonymous...the wealth of wildlife documentaries and scientists studying creatures in the wild precludes learning by locking up.Its brutal,and beneath the humans we should be aspiring to be.dont fool yourselves that you need this.That is simple arrogance.

  15. Gaetano says:

    Heart breaking. My also awesome to see them able to finally enjoy freedom and space to run wild.

  16. Unknown says:

    Zero are absolutely correct. Who in their right mind would think you have to cage some thing to learn from it. How could it possibly act natural in a cage. I think he means "to make money from it" not "Learn from it".

  17. I wish they had some old trees to climb in and to lay under when the sun is high but my god how wonderful to see even this small piece of freedom for them..

  18. Viraag says:

    Maybe circus is a party of human history and traditions...
    But the cruelty behind this is not acceptable

  19. Anonymous says:

    Look how happy they are.

  20. Unknown says:

    Makes my heart smile...back where they should have been 17 years ago. Thank you for giving their spirit back ..:-)

  21. Sarita says:

    Glad they're free, but what a bleak landscape.

  22. Wonderful to see the freedom

  23. Unknown says:

    these poor creatures lives wasted because of greed,l hope they live for a number of years to enjoy their freedom

  24. cathy t says:

    these beautiful bears look so happy, ty for rescuing these precious bears

  25. Anonymous says:

    Is that a human-made den awaiting them at the end of the clip?

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