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The Lovable Syrian Brown Bear Who Fought For His (Adoptive) Country

Wojtek enjoying Winfield Camp in 1945.

from The Huffington Post

LOOK: One Bear's Heartwarming Relationship With Polish Soldiers

Wojtek The Soldier Bear

‘Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. -- He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. He moved with the company to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt. ‘He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. -- ‘Following demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the…