Although the coat of arms of Russia is a double-headed eagle, bears are not the unofficial mascot of Russia, and some would consider it that it is more well-known and connected to the nation. While the majority of the world has dogs and cats, it seems only Russians are able to have a bear as a pet. This story is all about this.
Novosibirsk resident Veronica Dichka can proudly say that Archie bear is her trusted friend. Archie is from Novosibirsk and was saved from the wild animal circus Maya Kirsanova as a cub. Archie lived in a safari park along with some other bears until it was forced to be shut down due to the pandemic. With time the park became more difficult to keep the sanctuary, which is where brave Veronica showed up and took him in as a pet. It’s important to note that Veronica had done a few photoshoots previously with Archie bear, but she was merely an acquaintance of Archie. But now they’ve become family, and the pictures which you’ll see below are proof of their closeness.