Freed, ‘jailed’ bear who did her porridge
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’.