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International Animal Rescue Saving animals from suffering around the world

Little Leo takes his first steps on the road to recovery.

A few weeks ago, we told you the tragic story of Leo.

We rescued this tiny bear after our team received reports about someone walking him down the street on a leash.

The loud, dirty environment of the city must have been terrifying for him; some witnesses said he was trembling with fear as he was pulled along by his neck.

Our team were quick to rescue this tiny bear cub and take him into the safety of the rescue sanctuary in Armenia.

With your support, we were able to provide him with the medical treatment and care he urgently required.

Leo has now taken his first steps on the long road to recovery.

These beautiful photos show Leo exploring the outside world for the first time since being rescued. His innocent, playful curiosity is wonderful to see, but makes you wonder how anyone could treat this poor bear cub so cruelly. This little bear should be with his mother in the mountains of Armenia. However, the sad truth is that his mother was most likely killed by poachers.

We must now step in and take over the vital role she would have played.

We will care for him, make him strong and provide him with all the love he needs in hopes that one day we can return him to his natural home in the wild.

Thank you to everyone that has helped Leo start his journey towards a new life. He still has a long way to go, but together we can help him get there.