Brumbas saves popular chateau's bear-keeping tradition

A six-year-old male bear was transferred from Zlin zoo to Konopiste Chateau in central Bohemia on Tuesday in order to save the chateau’s century-long bear-keeping tradition. Brumbas, an Asian black bear that is endangered in the wild, will replace Kazimir who died in February. Konopiste chateau, a popular tourist destination some 30 kilometres south of Prague, has kept bears since the turn of the 20th century when the chateau was owned by Franz Ferdinand d'Este, the then successor to the Austrian imperial throne, whose assassination triggered World War One in summer of 1914.