A brown bear is serving her life in prison with dangerous criminals for attacking two people in Kazakhstan.
Ekaterina – or Katya – was arrested 15 years ago in a penal colony of the "strict regime" in Kostanay.
She was found guilty of two separate attacks on people who caused physical harm at a campsite where she was previously detained.
The bear is the only woman in prison to hold 730 "dangerous" criminals, including murderers, who have been imprisoned for less than 25 years.
A brown bear is serving her life in prison with dangerous criminals for attacking two people in Kazakhstan
She is also the only lifelong prisoner – and the only inmate who has a swimming pool in her "cell".
There are few pictures of the detained bear, but the head of the high-security colony claims that it has become less of a threat due to its 15 years behind bars.
"She is friendly, not aggressive at all," said Aslan Medybayev.
& # 39; other prisoners visit them. She woke up from her annual hibernation about a month ago. Now she feels good and runs, jumps. & # 39;
The bear is the only woman in prison to hold 730 "dangerous" criminals, including murderers, who have been imprisoned for less than 25 years
Unlike other inmates, Katya is not permitted to be married.
The prison's deputy head of educational work, Azamat Gapbasov, said: “Unfortunately, we cannot bring a male bear to her.
"If only we could do artificial insemination …"
Kostanay's bleak outpost is located 435 miles northwest of Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, near the Russian border.
The bear has become a symbol of the prison and a statue has even been erected for her.
Katya attacked two people in various incidents at Belaya Yurta campsite in 2004, where she was incarcerated after being abandoned as a baby by a circus trainer.
An 11-year-old boy named Nursultan Kh, who stayed in the camp for a kickboxing competition, tried to feed the beast and she grabbed his leg.
He suffered severe wounds and "traumatic shock".
He later said to journalists, "Everything happened suddenly … I threw food at him and he grabbed me by the cage by the leg. I don't remember anything else from that moment. & # 39;
Soon after, the bear attacked a man named Viktor O, who was 28 years old at the time and was abused by the predator.
The bear has become the symbol of the prison and a statue (in the picture) was even erected for them
The bear is supervised by inmates and is said to be "calm" and not aggressive
Katya was detained in a strictly controlled penal colony in Kostanay 15 years ago
The man – supposedly drunk – tried to shake the bear's hand without heeding the warning signs.
Fearing further attacks, Katya was sentenced to prison because there was no zoo in the region where the then seven-year-old bear could be caught.
It is supervised by inmates.
A prisoner, Igor Tarakanov, 43, said: “She is calm and not aggressive.
She loves sweet things that prisoners give her – sweets, cookies, apples.
"Of course, communicating with an animal makes my time here lighter and doesn't make it so painful."
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