The bear who fought in a war

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

Poland – In World War II, Wo­j­ciech Nareb­ski and his fel­low Pol­ish ser­vice­men had to lift crate after heavy crate of ar­tillery.

For­tu­nately one of the “sol­diers” had su­per­hu­man strength: “Cor­po­ral Wo­jtek” – a Syr­ian brown bear.

“When he saw that we were strug­gling, he’d want to help ... He’d come over, grab a crate and carry it to the truck,” Nareb­ski, now 93, told AFP.

Old pho­tos show the bulky bear, who grew to be over 1.8 me­tres tall and weighed about 220jkg, giv­ing bear hugs and spend­ing day at the beach with sol­diers.

The true story of the or­phaned cub, found by Pol­ish troops in Per­sia, is now be­ing turned into an an­i­mated movie called A Bear Named Wo­jtek, and is planned for re­lease in 2020. – AFP

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