Vinzenz, a Syrian Brown Bear, was born in Slovenia in 1988. 

He was given to a circus, which abandoned him in Styria, Austria. Together with his sister Liese he ended up being a mascot animal for a new ski lift. There they lived for the next 9 years in a pit the size of 300 square meters. He soon learnt, that visitors throw scraps of food, when he stood up on two legs and showed begging gestures.

After the company went bankrupt FOUR PAWS took over the care of the bears and brought them to the newly built BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach. Their first winter here, the two bears hibernated for the first time in their lives.