Wojtek: The WWII Brown Bear Soldier

Wojtek: The WWII Brown Bear Soldier

Legend has it, a group of Polish soldiers in World War II came across an Iranian boy who gave them a Syrian brown bear orphan cub in exchange for food. Whether or not that part is true, the bear joined the group and was named Wojtek-which means "he who enjoys war" or "smiling warrior." Wojtek was an official member of the Polish army, and even helped in battles on the front lines.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    During WWII, a brown bear became an official member of the 22nd Transport Company, Artillery Division, Polish II Corp. (1:23)

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    Wojtek, the bear member of the Polish army in WWII, enjoyed beer, and eating and smoking cigarettes. (1:56)

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    After fighting in WWII, Wojtek, the bear member of the Polish army in WWII, was put in an Edinburgh zoo. (5:14)

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