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In addition to bear bile farming and bear baiting, bear dancing is another equally harmful practice in some regions in Asia.

A cub in a cage: bear dancing

A Bear Cub In A Cage.

Bear dancing is a practice in which wild bears are captured, rendered defenseless and forced to perform for crowds against their will. What seems like a harmless show to outside observers is actually an extremely cruel exercise.

It was a custom in countries like India, Greece, Turkey, and Pakistan but today only bear owners in Pakistan and India still practice it.

Though the bear might appear to enjoy the experience, the training and indoctrination the animal

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A protective female Romanian bear and her cubs have cut off access to Dracula’s castle in Bucharest.

A brown bear protects her cubs; Romanian bear

Mother bear protects her three cubs.

In Bucharest, Romania, danger lurks once more at one of Dracula’s castle but it’s not exactly what you may expect. This time, a protective mother brown bear and her three cubs have blocked access to the castle.

The fortress in question is the Poenari Castle, or Peonari Citadeli, used by Romania’s Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century.

Even the gory history of the former owner of the castle does little to keep tourists away. In fact,

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Despite a national ban on hunting Romanian Bears, there is a negative attitude to bears and some locals have chosen deadly methods of bear culling.

sheepfold and grazing sheep flock: Romanian Bears

Sheepfold and grazing sheep flock on one of the many mountains in Romania. Locals often take matters into their own hands to protect themselves and livestock from “problem” bears.

When walking home one evening, Csaba Demeter, a forest guard from Carpathian Mountains was taken unawares by a brown bear that attacked him from behind. The animal pinned him to the ground and began to tear at his limbs and back with its teeth and claws. By playing dead,

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