Help us give Mish & Lucy a better future

By Wildwood Trust

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Can you help rescue two orphaned bear cubs?

There is hope for two tiny bear cubs found abandoned in a snow drift, high in the Albanian mountains. Abandoned by their mother, their condition was rapidly deteriorating, they were at risk from poachers and predators and their rescuers feared for the cubs' lives.

Mish and Lucy needed immediate help, or they would have died. Multiple attempts to reintroduce them in the wild had failed as they were too young to survive alone without their mother. The urgent search to find them a home began, somewhere for them to be happy and to lead a natural life.

The Wildwood Trust were approached in the hope that we might be able to provide the orphans with the second chance they so desperately needed. Of course, we said yes!

After our previous successful rescue and rehabilitation of the brown bears Fluff and Scruff, originally from a Bulgarian canned hunting facility, we know we have the ability to give them their best possible home; where they can not only be safe and loved but can also grow into happy, healthy, adult bears.

Now - we need your help to bring them safely to their forever home

Their current enclosure in Belgium is temporary, it is not suitable long term for the cubs as they will soon outgrow it. To avoid future health issues, and to enable them to express a full range of natural behaviour, Mish and Lucy must be transferred to a permanent, more suitable home urgently - it is vital that we bring them to their new home at Wildwood before winter.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, building their new home will take us longer, cost more and will be more complicated to build. This means that Mish and Lucy will need to stay in Kent temporarily, while we make sure their forever home in Devon is everything it needs to be.

It will be difficult for us to recover from the huge financial losses after being closed for so long, but we cannot let this crisis stop us from completing their rescue!

How you can help Mish and Lucy to be the world’s luckiest bear cubs!

At Wildwood Escot in Devon, work has already started preparing a natural woodland home to enable Mish and Lucy to live full and happy lives. Their new home will give them a rich, stimulating and diverse environment, enabling the cubs to explore, forage, play and have the space they need to develop their natural behaviours and to then grow into happy, healthy adult bears.

The cost to transport them safely to Wildwood, and to build their new home, providing them with everything they need will be in the region of £250,000. If you can help us reach this target, please donate now, every single donation will really help - no matter how small.

Together we can give Mish and Lucy the future they deserve

Work has already been started by a dedicated team of people, determined to give Mish and Lucy a second chance. You can now join that team and help us to complete their rescue. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you can spare, every single penny donated will make a difference and together we can give Mish and Lucy the best future possible.

100% of donations to this rescue fund will be used to ensure Mish and Lucy arrive safely and to provide them with the best home possible. Your donation will also help with their continued care and enrichment once they arrive at Wildwood.

If you're unable to donate right now or want to do even more to help, you could sign up as a fundraiser to help Mish and Lucy. It's really easy, just decide what you'd like to do, create your page and share it with everyone you know. All funds raised through chuffed will automatically be added to the rescue fund and will come directly to us.

You can also help us spread the word by sharing this page with everyone you know by email and on social media, everything you can do will make a difference for Mish and Lucy, so thank you all in advance for your support!

And don't forget to check out the amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without!

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Wildwood Trust

Dan Farrow

Sarah Anstee