Published: 17:01, 04 June 2021
| Updated: 19:30, 04 June 2021
Two bear cubs saved from certain death after being abandoned by their mother have left the Kent animal park that nurtured them to full health.
Watch: Mish and Lucy move into their new home
But today, their 10-month stint in the Garden of England has come to an end as they have arrived at the trust’s sister site in Devon, which will be their home for the rest of their lives.
Wildwood director general Paul Whitfield said: “All of the bears we care for have been rescued just like Lucy and Mish, who quite simply would not be able to survive in the wild.
“Their journey is an extraordinary one, but they’re not alone.
“They represent the struggle of wildlife to exist in its natural habitats in the face of the climate and nature crisis.
“We will give these cubs the best life possible, despite their sad start.”
Before Lucy and Mish, Wildwood helped rehabilitate two brown bears, called Fluff and Scruff, who were rescued in Bulgaria six years ago.
The pair, who are still at the Kent park, suffered years of trauma when they were held in an abandoned breeding facility to be shot for so-called sport.
Following this, the charity was contacted to help provide a permanent woodland sanctuary for Mish and Lucy last year.
The pair, who experts believe cannot return to the wild for their own safety, arrived at the Canterbury Road site in August.
But their stay was always intended to be temporary, as bosses hoped to move them once their permanent home was built at the Devon park.
“Given the tremendous success we’ve had with Mish and Lucy, we hope that in the near future we’ll be able to welcome more rescued bears to the Wildwood family,” Mr Whitfield added.