The family who share their lives with a 300lb BEAR
The idea of sitting down for dinner with a 300lb bear is enough to put most people off their food.
But for one family from Russia this wild idea is actually a way of life that extends far beyond sharing the odd meal at the dinner table.
On the surface Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko appear like any other ordinary couple, but for their 23-year-old bear named Stepan.
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Surrogate child: Russian family Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko adopted the very large bear named Stepan aged three months
One of the family: Standing at more than seven foot, the large mammal has been domesticated by the couple and is now aged 23
Bear hug: The couple say that because they have known Stepan so long his temperament is extremely gentle and he enjoys giving hugs
Trust: The couple say the bear is so domesticated he even sits down with them in the evenings to watch television on the sofa
Standing at more than seven foot, the large mammal is so domesticated the family often sit down together in the evenings to watch television.
And the bear has even been known to help out around the house – or at least in the garden – by watering the plants.
While Stepan gets through more than a bowl of porridge a day his favourite dish is a can of condensed milk thanks to a sweet tooth.