The Bear That Went To War

Voytek the bearA campaign has been launched to build a permanent memorial to a bear which spent much of its life in Scotland - after fighting in World War II.

The bear - named Voytek - was adopted in the Middle East by Polish troops in 1943, becoming much more than a mascot.

The large animal even helped their armed forces to carry ammunition at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Voytek - known as the Soldier Bear - later lived near Hutton in the Borders and ended his days at Edinburgh Zoo.

Full story after the jump.

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Source: DailyMail & BBC
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Anonymous said…
Where did you get that footage from, the link doesn't work and can't be found on you tube,

If you know original source please let me know