A tame bear, often called a dancing bear, is a wild bear that is captured when the animal is young, though some of them are born and bred in captivity. Although dancing bears are still used as tourist attractions in many parts of the world, the practice has come under increasing criticism from animal rights advocates including PETA.
Dancing Bears by Region
Siberian tribal peoples capture cubs for use as dancing bears. This practice continues to this day.
- BBC News Last Indian dancing bear set free Collected 18 Dec 2009
- Agra Bear Rescue Facility
- Dancing bear rescue and rehabilitation
- Video footage about the last dancing bear in Bulgaria