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.
The couple say that because they have known the bear so long his temperament is extremely gentle and he can often be found cuddling up to them on the sofa.
Svetlana said: ‘Stepan likes nothing more to cuddle up with us on the sofa at night while we’re watching television. When we adopted him, he was only three-months-old and had been found by hunters in the forest having lost his mother. He was in a very bad condition.
‘He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all. We have never been bitten by Stepan.
‘He’s got so many talents and loves a picnic.’ He also disclosed they intend to keep him for long.