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Bizarre 'Bear-Dog' Found Walking Streets In Russia (Photos)

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A "bear dog" found in Russia is making headlines around the world.

This stray dog with a face that resembles that of a bear was found living on the streets, reports the Daily Mail.

It was brought into an animal shelter in the town of Chelyabinsk, where locals declare to have "never seen anything like it before."

The odd-looking dog has been nicknamed Medvebaka, from "Medved," meaning bear, and "Sobaka," meaning dog, The Siberian Times reports.

Nash Dom animal shelter blamed "irresponsible breeders" in Chelyabinsk, who tried to make the dog to look great as a puppy without consideration of the long-term effects on the animal. 

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Veterinarians think the male dog is about 4 years old, and could be a cross between a long-nosed dog breed and a chowchow, which would explain its bear-like snout and face.

"There is a chowchow breeder in our team, who checked the dog and confirmed our first guess that this is indeed a mixed breed, likely crossed with a long-nosed stray," shelter volunteer Polina Kefer said.

"He has a distinctive blue tongue which is typical for the chowchow. We are calling him -- jokingly, of course -- Medvebaka Potapych," she said, explaining that "Porapych" is a name for brown bears that is common in Russian fairy tales and legends. 

"Sadly the dog is so stressed it fights and bites back," she added. "We think it might take months to socialize him." 

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The shelter released images to the public in hopes of finding animal's original owner or breeder.

A "badly made chowchow" is how Kefer described Medvebaka to The Siberian Times. "Remember those pet markets, where irresponsible breeders sell dogs pretending they are pure breed. Once puppies grow into something like this dog, they throw them out like a broken toy."

When Medvebaka was placed with a family, it didn't work out.

"The dog hid inside an outdoor kennel and refused to come out," a volunteer explained. "With his new family he was trying to escape. He hated the leash, and showed no interest whatsoever in making friends. We tried our best foods on him, but the dog is clearly so stressed that it might take weeks, if not months, to help him trust people again."

In the online comments section of The Siberian Times article, Verna Reid of Denton, Texas, offered to take Medvebaka. 

"I have been a person who rehabilitates animals for many years in my personal life, through working with the US SPCA and with animal shelters," she wrote. "I would appreciate being given a chance to give this dog a home and work with him to socialize him and help him adapt to other people and animals."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Siberian Times / Featured Image: Ciell/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: CEN/VK via Daily Mail

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