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“Touching story”

Wojtek "the Soldier Bear" Statue
Ranked #111 of 395 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Statue of Wojtek "the Soldier Bear" and his keeper unveiled on the 7th November 2015 by the Wojtek Memorial Trust to commemorate remarkable story of Wojtek and as a tribute to all brave men, women and children who fought in the World War II.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Worth a stop for few photos and read the story of a bear that liked to drink beer with soldiers that adopted it during the Second World War in what used to be Persia.
Very popular among polish tourists :)

Thank Jarek L
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"moving story"
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"monte cassino"
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"polish soldiers"
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"princes street gardens"
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"second world war"
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"fitting tribute"
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"photo opportunity"
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"edinburgh zoo"
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"ammunition"
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"freedom"
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"cub"
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"battle"
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"regiment"
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"wouter"
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Cute statue and moving story to go along with it and a good photo opportunity. We sat here and saw squirrels in the park too.

Thank jodss10
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

This bronze statue of Wojtek and a fellow Polish Army soldier 'walking in peace and unity' is a relatively new addition to Princes Street Gardens, having been unveiled on the 7th November 2015.
Busy with people taking photographs alongside the bear during my visit, and I had to wait for my photo opportunity, but it was worth it!
Wojtek, dubbed the 'Polish Bear', was rescued as a cub in the Middle East in 1943, adopted by Polish soldiers, and helped them carry ammunition at the Battle of Monte Cassino.
The bear is also reputed to have enjoyed smoking, and drinking beer!
Wojtek was given to Edinburgh Zoo in 1947, where he spent the rest of his life. Wojtek died in December 1963 at the age of 21.
Well worth a visit, and reading up the full story.

4  Thank thetravellingmanUk
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Wojtek is in Princess Street Gardens so you will pass it by more than once on your travels around town. Worth a quick stop.

Thank coachee1313
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

One of statue if you are walking in West Princes Street Gardens. This bronze statue is memory of one Polish soldier.

Thank Lukáš Š
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