Wojtek: A Bear That Served in World War II

By  | November 14, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

It may seem weird but this last fact in our strange facts is totally true that a bear served as soldier in Polish army during World War II. In 1942, a girl donated a bear cub to the Polish Army that she got from an Iranian boy. Polish soldiers took care of this bear cub and fed it milk in bear bottles initially and then fruit, honey and milk when it grew a little old. Polish named this bear “Wojtek” that is pronounced as “Voytek” in English. They taught him to salute, march, wrestling and many other things. Wojtek especially liked drinking bear and smoking cigarettes. When Polish soldiers went on War, Wojtek also accompanied them. It used to carry heavy ammunition and supplies to the soldiers who were fighting on the front. Wojtek got the rank of private in the army. It survived the war and became a hero after the war. It moved to Scotland with the soldiers where it spent its last years in Edinburgh Zoo. Wojtek died in 1963 at the age of 23.

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