At the end of the 1800s, a woman in Barcelona took to kidnapping small children, sometimes as newborns, raising them as her own and forcing them into prostitution as soon as they were able. When they became too old, or if they fell sick, she would kill them and sell ointments and remedies made with… Continue reading Uncovering the Russian Abuser of Infants
Saved from a sure death in a fur farm, Tuzik is now one of the happiest animals in Totem. Let’s start from the beginning. Tuzik was born in a fur farm. Considered concentration camps for animals, these facilities usually provide fur-bearers with basic care – enough to make them grow gorgeous pelts that will then be harvested.… Continue reading Tuzik the feisty fox
Yet another tragic senseless death in the captive marine mammals industry in Russia. A young female bottle-nose dolphin Delpha just died in Anapa Dolphinarium in the Big Utrish after being seized from previous abusive owners. Before being brought to the Anapa Dolphinarium, dolphins Delfa and Zeus were kept in squalid conditions in an abandoned cattle farm… Continue reading Zeus and Delpha’s odyssey
When Crystal, a five-month old Siberian tiger cub, was dragged onto the stage for the grand opening of the Tigre de Cristal Casino, she couldn’t hear the thundering music, or the flashing lights, or the immense crowds of people. She couldn’t smell the sweat or the alcohol or the filth. She could barely walk, and probably… Continue reading Drugged and Abused
We Did It! Thanks to all of you we managed to Save Totem Animals! With your help we were able to raise enough funds (3200 pounds) to build new spacious and more suitable enclosures with plenty of enrichment for Manya the bear, Atos the mountain lion and Agat the leopard (on the picture), three largest residents… Continue reading Good News from Totem!
It’s dark. I open my eyes, but the darkness is so thick I can’t even see my nose. I can feel though – I feel something hard and cold on my left; I can feel that my legs are tied together; I can feel my jaws clamped shut. By something sticky. I try to open… Continue reading Bear Baiting
Please SHARE this post and DONATE! BIG THANKS to everyone for your SUPPORT and DONATION so far to our fundraiser. Today we have already collected nearly 10 % and the rest is GBP 3,265. The bear Manya is one of the residents of the Animal Rehabilitation Centre Totem located in Tomsk, Russia. A few weeks… Continue reading Totem Updates
Three weeks ago, an unthinkable tragedy struck the animal rehabilitation centre Totem in Tomsk, Russia. After years of sleepless nights, stress and struggle to raise enough funds to run the centre, that cares for over 250 wild animals, at the young age of 37 its founder, Maria Vtorushina, suddenly died after suffering a severe stroke.… Continue reading A tragedy stricken animal rehabilitation centre Totem in Russia is fighting to survive