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Incredible Family That Lives With A Bear

While Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, from Russia, might seem the ordinary couple, but for their 23-year-old bear named Stepan. At more than 7ft tall, Stepan is so domesticated that the family have been known to sit down in the evenings to watch the television together and he even steps in to help with household chores by watering the plants.

Like any ordinary family member, Stepan eats at the dinner table, watches TV with his parents and does his fair share of household chores.

But he’s not your average relative – because he’s a BEAR.

Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, from Russia, are loving parents to 23-year-old Stepan, who stands at 7ft tall and weighs over 21 stone.

He’s so domesticated that he sits at the dinner table and waters the plants.


Stepan gets through more than a bowl of porridge a day and also chows down on around 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs.

Caters Stepan the bear with Svetlana having a picnic
Stepan enjoys a picnic at the dinner table with Svetlana

But the sweet-toothed creature’s favourite snack is a can of condensed milk.

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Svetlana and Yuriy adopted Stepan when he was just three-months-old.

Caters Stepan the bear enjoying his dinner
Stepan eats his dinner with Yuriy, who even lets his ‘dad’ feed him

According to the couple, that’s why the bear’s temperament is extremely gentle and he can often be found cuddling up to them on the sofa.

Fortunately for Stepan, he’s also a football fanatic, so he works off the gut-busting amount of food his parents serve him every day.

Caters Stepan the bear with Yuriy reading a book
Stepan is fully domesticated and loves story time with Yuriy

Svetlana said: “Stepan likes nothing more than to cuddle up with us on the sofa at night while we’re watching television.

“When we adopted him, he was only three-months-old and had been found by hunters in the forest having lost his mother.

Caters Stepan the bear with Yuriy giving a bear hug
Stepan was adopted by the couple at three-months-old

“He was in a very bad condition.

“He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all.

Caters Stepan the bear with Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko playing catch
Stepan plays catch with Svetlana and Yuriy, burning off the mountain of food he eats each day

“We have never been bitten by Stepan.

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