In some fantastic news for Edinburgh, a famous brown bear is set to be immortalised by a statue in the capital’s Princes Street Gardens.
Known as Private Wojtek, the six-foot-tall Syrian Bear was reared by soldiers of the Polish infantry and even aided them in their struggle against Nazis by carrying boxes of live shells from lorries to gun positions during battle. After the war ended, Private Wojtek moved to the comfort of Edinburgh Zoo, where he lived out his final days before his death in 1963.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this incredible animal, a huge bronze cast statue is to be created by sculptor Alan Heriot. Costing around £200,000, it stands as the perfect memory to this unlikely war veteran, meaning Wojtek’s story will never be forgotten.
It is believed that the statue could be installed as early as this summer, offering the chance for those staying in any of the hotels in Edinburgh to discover this incredible tale for themselves.
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