Freed, ‘jailed’ bear who did her por­ridge

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

A BROWN bear that was or­dered to serve time in a hu­man jail has been re­leased after 15 years – to live in a zoo.

Katya, who twice in­jured peo­ple at the camp­site where she was kept, was sent to prison in 2004 be­cause nowhere else could be found for her.

At Kostanay strict-regime pe­nal colony in Kaza­khstan, which holds 730 dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals, in­clud­ing killers, she had a cell and a pool, and was cared for by in­mates.

A spokesman for the jail, which even built a statue of Katya in her hon­our, said she would now learn to live in ‘al­most nat­u­ral con­di­tions’.

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