Tom was born in 1988 at an animal park in Ostrava, Czech Republic. 

When he was 4 months old, he and his brother Jerry were sold to an animal tamer and lived in an animal park in Austria until 1993. Here, he had to perform daily shows in the so called “bears school”. In 1994 his owner founded the “Golden Circus” and the bear brothers were one of its main attractions. From now on, they both lived permanently “on the road” and had to travel through Europe in a small wagon.
FOUR PAWS have tried to rescue the two bears since 1995, and were finally successful by a common agreement in 2000. Since then, visitors can often watch them playing around, which is one of their favorite behaviors.