Domesticated Bear Performs Wedding Ceremony

Lauren Tuck

The law says states that for a marriage to be official, at least one witness needs to be present, who must be 18 or over. But, no where does it say if the observer needs to be human. So that’s seemingly why Denis and Nelya invited a brown bear to conduct their wedding ceremony.

Stepan, a brown bear from Russia, helped the couple tie the knot. “We both knew Stepan is a very kind bear but still it is a huge, unpredictable animal so we were a bit scared, but still happy to be able to make our dream come true,” Denis said of the “fantastic” experience. “It is such a special feeling to hug a real, huge bear, and you cannot compare it to anything else.

Stepan the bear is actually a pretty famous model. He was raised by humans Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko in Russia, who found him when he was a 3-month-old orphaned cub. They raised him in their home as a domesticated pet. Now 23, the animal enjoys watching TV, performs chores around the house such as watering the plants in the garden, and really enjoys condensed milk.

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