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Brown bear to be given statue in Gardens

posted 31 Dec 2012, 05:52 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 31 Dec 2012, 06:03 ]

A Nazi-fighting brown bear who was the pride of the Polish infantry before seeing out his life at Edinburgh Zoo is set to be immortalised by a statue in Princes Street ­Gardens.

The six-foot-tall orphan Syrian bear, known as “Private Wojtek”, became a potent symbol of the Polish struggle in the Second World War after being reared by soldiers and later helping them carry boxes of live shells from lorries to gun emplacements during battle. Like his comrades, he was also known to recharge from the fighting by drinking beer and smoking cigarettes.