Un-bearlievable – Incredible family that lives with a bear

This family is un-bear-lievable! Meet the household that sits down to dinner with A BEAR at the table.

Yuriy Panteleenko reading a book to his pet bear, Stepan.

Yuriy Panteleenko reading a book to his pet bear, Stepan.

While Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, from Russia, might seem the ordinary couple, but for their 23-year-old bear named Stepan.

At more than 7ft tall, Stepan is so domesticated that the family have been known to sit down in the evenings to watch the television together and he even steps in to help with household chores by watering the plants.

Stepan the bear with Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko playing catch.

Stepan the bear with Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko playing catch.

While Stepan gets through more than a bowl of porridge a day – he chows down on 25kg of fish, vegetables and eggs – his favourite dish is a can of condensed milk thanks to a sweet tooth.

Svetlana and Yuriy adopted Stepan aged just three months which according to the couple has meant that the bear’s temperament is extremely gentle and he can often be found cuddling up to them on the sofa.

Stepan the bear with Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko eating porridge.

Stepan the bear with Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko eating porridge.

Fortunately for the 300lbs Stepan, he’s also a football fanatic so works off the gut-busting amount of food his parents serve him every day.

Svetlana said: “Stepan likes nothing more than to cuddle up with us on the sofa at night while we’re watching television.

Stepan is so domesticated that the family have been known to sit down in the evenings to watch the television together.

Stepan is so domesticated that the family have been known to sit down in the evenings to watch the television together.

“When we adopted him, he was only three-months-old and had been found by hunters in the forest having lost his mother. He was in a very bad condition.

“He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear – despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all. We have never been bitten by Stepan.

Stepan the bear with Svetlana having a picnic.

Stepan the bear with Svetlana having a picnic.

“He’s got so many talents and loves a picnic. It’s a wonder he doesn’t eat us out of house and home.”