Sneak peek at bear Ilzīte's birthday cake

Latvia's famous female bear, Ilzīte, turned 20 last week. Her 'foster mother', animal carer Velga Vītola, shared her emotions and a bear birthday cake recipe with Latvian Television.

For a bear raised in captivity, twentieth birthday is a big event. It bears no surprise, then, that animal carer Velga Vītola, who has fostered Ilzīte since birth, feels like a mother on her child's birthday.

"This morning, I caught myself thinking that I am so used to making a birthday cake for a bear! Got used to it over twenty years," said Vītola. 

As always, Ilzīte was treated to a special cake. This year, it was made of surimi sticks, salmon, nuts, honey -- a combination one could bear-ly fathom. Ilzīte, though, seemed to savor every bite, according to LTV's broadcast.

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