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Starving bears beg for scraps as they are forced to watch families dine at a riverside restaurant in Armenia

Sara Malm

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  • Dozens of bears are being kept in cages as entertainment at restaurants and shops in Armenia
  • They are caught as cubs and forced to live in tiny spaces, often living off scraps thrown to them 
  • British charity International Animal Rescue has launched a rescue mission to free the caged bears
  • With the support of the Armenian government, the Sussex charity hope to rescue up to 80 bears

By Sara Malm for MailOnline

Published: 11:33 EDT, 24 October 2017 | Updated: 13:19 EDT, 24 October 2017

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A brown bear stares longingly at a young family enjoying lunch at a riverside restaurant from behind the welded iron bars of its low cage.

The cage covers a small bit of rock and allows its inhabitants a dip in the water, but the otherwise barren enclosure forces the bears to live at the mercy of bored diners, hoping that they throw them the scraps left over at the end of the meal.

These bears, and many more like them, live their entire lives inside small cages for the entertainment of diners, shoppers and bored commuters across Armenia.

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