A bear that was in the armyDuring the second world war, Polish army found a brown bear in wild. Its mom was shot by a hunter probably. They cared for the bear a few days, giving it milk and bread from their ration. But the bear refused to leave when it grew up. The army raised it from then. The bear would eat, smoke and drink beer with them. It used to chew cigarettes and drink many bottles of beer a day.
Later when the allied forces of Great Britain joined with Polish army to keep Germans away, they decreed that no animals would accompany them. Polish army then promoted this bear to the ranks of private and called it "Wojtek", which means "happy soldier". The bear actually worked side by side with its friends and transported ammunition, since it belonged to 22nd artillery supply unit of Polish army. In honor of this bear, the unit put Wojtek in their flag and promoted it to the ranks of corporal. When its unit was disbanded the bear was sent off to Edinburgh Zoo where he died at 22 years of age due to natural causes. His former friends always visited him in zoo. He lived a great life.
World wars saw many animal companions too. Wojtek was one such awesome companion.