After delivering her first litter, Alina the dog started acting secretive towards her human parents. When her owner looked under her belly, he discovered the shocking reason for her behavior. But he didn’t know that one day, that strange event would save his life.
Vasilian and Olga had been waiting in anticipation for months for their beloved puppy, Alina, to give birth to her first litter. Judging by the signs, they were about to become grandparents. So when the German Shepherd started stealing blankets and pillows from around the house to build a comfortable nest in the barn, they immediately prepared for a thrilling night.
The German Shepherd’s labor started, and after a couple of hours of waiting, she finally stopped whining. Vasilian and Olga dared to open the barn door a few inches, and even from a distance, managed to count seven perfect puppies. Their father was another purebred German Shepherd, and they all looked gorgeous.
Alina was a proud and caring mother and spent most of her days in the shed. When she came out for fresh air, she would wander into the woods behind her house for a little while, but she always came back in time to feed her pups. Her strong maternal instincts made her a little protective, and she did not allow strangers near her babies, not even the ones who would be adopting them. Only Olga and Vasily were allowed to touch her three sons and four daughters.
The elderly couple was very proud of Alina. She still had a very sweet temperament, although it was apparent that motherhood had brought some change. She used to be cheerful and affectionate at all times, but now she was quiet and reserved, almost secretive. She kept sneaking out of the barn at the weirdest times of the day to run into the woods and was overall acting a little strange. Vasily was sure that Alina was hiding something from him, but he simply could not put his finger on it.
One day, when she laid down for her afternoon nap with her pups, he sneaked into the barn. A strange bulge was hidden underneath her belly, but when he counted the puppies, he found all seven of them curled up around her. So what was she hiding under her body? When he rolled her over, Vasily was in shock. Amongst the seven pups was an additional baby that looked quite different. His hair was brownish, and he was much larger than his brothers and sisters. He was indeed the eighth member of the siblings, but he was no German Shepherd. He was a baby bear cub.
Vasily didn’t know what to think or do, but when he tried to grab the bear from underneath Alina’s belly, she pushed his hands away with her paws. It was clear that she didn’t want to separate from him, even though he was not her biological son. Shocked and yet strangely amused, Vasily decided to let her raise the bear cub for a while. Since the other puppies had been named by their future owners, he chose his name himself and called him Misha.
Alina must have found her adoptive son in the woods; no mama bear had come for him, which meant he had probably been orphaned or abandoned. Thankfully, Elena’s motherly instincts had compelled her to carry him home, to feed and nurture him. News of the bear cub quickly spread, and many visitors came to observe this unique relationship.
Alina was teaching all her pups how to navigate nature and life, making no distinction between her blood relatives and her adoptive son. When she ventured off into the woods, they would all follow her at a close distance, with Misha clearly standing out among his siblings. Although Vasily and Olga knew from the start that they would not keep any of the pups, it was still an emotional goodbye as the little ones were collected one by one after the 12-week mark.
In the end, only Alina and Misha remained. Each day, the two of them would disappear into the forest for a few hours. Vasily was never able to fully observe what was going on, as Alina had a sharp sense of hearing and always detected his presence long before he saw them. It was clear that she needed some privacy with Misha, probably because she was teaching the little bear cub how to survive in the wild.
One day, Alina came home while the day was dawning, but little Misha was nowhere to be seen. The German Shepherd mother knew it was time to let go of her adoptive son, as there was now nothing little about him. He had outgrown his mother in size and was ready to fend for himself. Still, Alina was a little sad for a few days. She lay with a moping face on the porch, moved around the yard from time to time, but did not go into the woods at all. The mother had to step back and allow Misha to spread his wings and fly, like all mothers have to do with their children.
After another year, Alina had another litter of pups. Vasily and Olga decided that this would be her final litter, and that they would keep one of the babies for themselves. In honor of the bear cub, they named their puppy Misha.
Winter was fast approaching, and the couple went into the woods several times a week to collect wild berries and mushrooms to store. Alina and Misha the dog were never far off, venturing onto little side pathways but always finding their way back to their owners as soon as all the bags and baskets were filled. The couple would return home.
But one day, as they stepped into a clearing on their way back, they got the fright of their lives. A mother brown bear with her cub was a few feet away. Vasily and Olga froze in their tracks, knowing that they were in a very dangerous situation. Vasily also knew that Alina would defend them with her life, but he didn’t want to put her in this difficult position. Unfortunately, it was likely that the two humans and their dogs would lose their lives in the fight.
The mother bear gave a dangerous growl, forcing Alina to take a position between the beast and her human family. Her own growling teeth were an indication that she would fight to the death. One thing Vasily knew was not to run and tried to keep as still as possible. Maybe if none of them made any sudden movement, the bear would simply leave. Olga silently prayed that somehow no one would be hurt that day. But in order for her wish to come true, they would definitely need a miracle.
And thankfully, a miracle is exactly what they got. From the corner of their eyes, another brown bear approached the scene. It was a male, and a big one at that. Vasily and Olga immediately understood that they were never leaving that clearing alive. Even Alina shook in fear. The male bear rose to his hind legs and uttered a scary growl that had all of them cowering.
But then something completely unexpected happened. The female bear and her cub turned around and quickly disappeared into the thick forest without sparing them another glance. Olga and Vasily thought that she was just allowing the male bear the first bite. But then the beast lowered himself to the ground in what looked like an act of submission. Then Alina barked loudly and ran in the direction of the bear.
Instead of being mauled and killed, however, a strange kind of reunion took place. The bear and the dog looked like they were cuddling. It was only then that Vasily and Olga realized that the bear must be Misha. He posed no threat to Alina, but they were still not sure if they, as humans, were safe.
The couple knew it was time to get out of the forest and back to the safety of their home. As they started walking off with brisk steps, Alina and Misha, the bear, followed them. Miraculously, Misha, the bear, also remembered his human grandparents. At the edge of the woods, there was an emotional goodbye between Alina and her adoptive bear son. Vasily and Olga stood at a distance, their eyes filled with tears. They knew that they had witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event.
If they ever shared their story, they would probably be met with a lot of skepticism and disbelief. However, no one would be able to take away any of the mystery and awe that this couple experienced that day.
What a shocking ending! Would you even consider raising a bear cub, even if it was only for a short while? How would you explain such a unique bond between animals of different species? Tell us in the comments below. Thank you for watching, and see you next time.