Couple forced to release their 'son' into the wild until they find an incredible way to keep him...

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” A married couple from New Zealand realised this when they were almost forced to remove their pet bear from their family home.

Scott and Susan Reid live in the countryside near Gore in South New Zealand. The married couple used to own a small zoo but because of unfortunate financial circumstances they had to close it down. They managed to ship all of the animals to zoos across New Zealand and Australia but they couldn’t get rid of one 3 month cub recently imported from Romania. They decided to take the cub to their home and build the correct enclosure for him.

They raised Basil the Bear from just 3 months old. They managed to get the the licence building permissions to build an exclosure at their home for him. Basil has lived with the Reid’s for the last 14 years and he is now part of the family himself, he is allowed around the house and inside the house.

The bear is so well nurtured he is part of the family, he loves to play catch, hide and seek and especially loves to sit and watch television snuggled up on the sofa. He eats over a whopping 30KG a day, with a diet mostly including fish and vegetables. Unfortunately it costs a lot of money to keep upkeep on Basil. Scott works as a full time farmer with the land they own and Susan works as a cashier in the local supermarket. They try and spend as much time with Basil as they can.

Not so long ago an agency from the authorities visited the Reid’s at their home farm. Unfortunately they said that they will need to build a new enclosure for Basil to live in as the one they had one had worn down over the last 14 years. The authorities told the Reid’s they had a month to build the enclosure or the bear would be taken off of them.

The news had devastated the Reid’s, in particular Susan, she spends most of her time with Basil and told us that he is like a ‘son’ to them. They both sat there the night they were told along with Basil on the sofa trying to figure a way to generate the money that was needed to build a brand new enclosure. This is when Susan found the solution that would change their lives forever…

She was browsing the internet when she came across an advertisement for Zodiac Casino offering free spins. Susan decided to click on the advertisement to get her 80 free spins just for signing up! She decided to try her free spins on the famous online game “Mega Moolah Jackpot” and you won't believe what happened next…

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“I couldn’t believe what just happened, all my lifes problems were fixed within a click of a button on my phone. I didn’t really know what happened until the money was deposited into my bank account, that is when I really realised that my life was about to change, I could save my son!”

Soon as the money hit the bank account, Susan ordered for a new exhibit to be installed at the family home immediately. Authorities were going to find a new country for Basil to live in because they didn’t think the family were going to be able to get the money in time for a brand new enclosure. The enclosure has been since complete and they are living happily together again.

“I have to thank Zodiac Casino more than anyone, they gave me this opportunity to save my son, I don’t know what I would have done without winning. I would of had to move country to follow him. There was no way we were being split up.”

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Mail Today reporter Karen Jones also tried her hand at the jackpot but sadly only walked away with a $429 - you can’t always win as big as the Reid's sadly!

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They deserve it, they look like decent people who have gave a good life to that animal
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