Wojtek, bear cub, who was adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

Wojtek, bear cub, who was adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

Another photo of "Wojtek the Soldier Bear."  (Check out the link below for a fascinating blog article on this wonderful bear.)

Another photo of "Wojtek the Soldier Bear." (Check out the link below for a fascinating blog article on this wonderful bear.)

Wojtek (smiling warrior) the "Warrior Bear" carried shells At the Battle of Monte Cassino and was part of the Polish 2nd Corps!  A statue is placed at St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland!

Wojtek (smiling warrior) the "Warrior Bear" carried shells At the Battle of Monte Cassino and was part of the Polish 2nd Corps! A statue is placed at St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland!

A soldier gets to grips with Wojtek.  Photo courtesy of The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

A soldier gets to grips with Wojtek. Photo courtesy of The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

Wojtek (soldier bear) In 1942, a local orphan boy found a bear cub near Hamadan, Iran. He sold it to the soldiers of the Polish Army stationed nearby for a couple of canned meat tins. The bear was less than a year old & had problems swallowing. He was fed condensed milk from a vodka bottle. The bear was fed with fruit,marmalade, honey and syrup. He was often rewarded with beer, his favorite drink. He also enjoyed smoking & eating cigarettes, wrestling & was taught to salute when greeted.

Wojtek (soldier bear) In 1942, a local orphan boy found a bear cub near Hamadan, Iran. He sold it to the soldiers of the Polish Army stationed nearby for a couple of canned meat tins. The bear was less than a year old & had problems swallowing. He was fed condensed milk from a vodka bottle. The bear was fed with fruit,marmalade, honey and syrup. He was often rewarded with beer, his favorite drink. He also enjoyed smoking & eating cigarettes, wrestling & was taught to salute when greeted.

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