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Orphaned bear cub in Slovenia tug of love

Lucky the bear cub hugs the Logar family dog in Podvrh, central Slovenia, 1 June
Image caption The family dog has been getting bear hugs

An orphaned male bear cub which has charmed Slovenia with its antics since being adopted by a family faces removal to a wildlife shelter.

Known to some just as Medo (Slovenian: Bear), and dubbed Lucky by media, it wandered into the Logar family's yard in the village of Podvrh a month ago.

Family members have bonded with the cub, which is known to hug the family dog and play on the furniture.

But officials fear the fourth-month-old cub could grow dangerous.

The family have asked for permission to build a fenced enclosure.

The cub's story has captivated sections of the press in Slovenia, a mountainous state with a brown bear population.

It is believed the cub was abandoned by its mother.

The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is one of the largest living land-based carnivores and males grow to weigh up to 350kg (770lb).