It is a pitiful sight - a majestic animal captured, tortured into submission and made to perform on demand.
But after years of cruelty and abuse, Natasha - one of Serbia's last three dancing bears - is back in the wild.
Following the country's decision to ban the practice, a new home has been found for the bears in a Bulgarian nature reserve.
Money-spinner: Dancing bears are taught to get up on their hind legs when they hear music
The Dancing Bear Park in Belitsa is run by the animal rights organisation Four Paws.
It already holds 24 other brown bears which have been rescued in recent years.
Since they were cubs, the bears have been dragged around by the nose and forced to dance for tourists.
They are trained by having their front paws greased and then forced on to hot iron plates.
Free at last: Natasha is now living on a nature reserve
The animals often have their claws and teeth removed so they cannot harm their trainers.
Owning dancing bears has been banned in both Serbia and Bulgaria, but it is still legal in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo.
A park spokesman said the animals usually need a lot of time to get used to their new life, as many are beaten before being taken out on to the streets.
Milena, the oldest of the rescued bears, is very weak and blind as a result of years of ill-treatment.
Vassil Madokev, leader of the team which is caring for the rescued bears, said: 'Milena only has a few months to live.
'Despite that, all efforts to bring her here and take care of her are well merited because this poor animal will be now able to spend her last days in freedom.'
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