Bears Get New Life, Thanks to PETA + Friends!

BEST NEWS EVER: Seventeen bears have been rescued from what would have been a life sentence in miserable concrete pits in Helen, Georgia!

The bears have been transported to a stunning 60-acre natural habitat at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, where they are already rolling in the grass, racing around in the fields, and enjoying relative freedom and fresh mountain air.

The move was the result of a collaborative effort between PETA, PETA supporter and The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, and the Atlanta Humane Society. PETA worked quickly to relocate the first six bears—two pregnant brown bears, Ursula and O.B.; cubs Howell and Mansell; and juvenile siblings Drew and Rose. Ursula and O.B. were moved to the sanctuary in time to give birth to their new cubs in comfortable dens, and for the first time ever, they will have the chance to raise their cubs themselves, instead of having them taken away shortly after birth. Hunter, Nikki, Mikie, Dakota, Chance, Goldie, Ringo, Marley, Burton, Nanoochie, and Spunky were moved at a later date.

Each transport was a carefully planned event that included at least one veterinarian. During the long journey, the bears rested in climate-controlled trailers and the only stops were for gas and veterinary checks and to re-provision the bears.

Before: Living in Hell

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The bears had been held captive in virtually barren concrete pits at Black Forest Bear Park (BFBP) in Helen, Georgia, and had shown signs of severe stress, including pacing. They had little protection from the elements, and the government had cited BFBP for housing them in unsafe and decrepit enclosures with jagged edges and protruding bolts and in cages showing rust and corrosion. While held in these tiny enclosures, the bears had to beg tourists for pieces of apples and bread. The pits are now closed for good!

Now: Rescued!

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When the bears first arrived at the sanctuary, the team opened the trailer doors and let them slowly look around at their new surroundings before moving them into their new habitat. Dakota immediately stepped out of the cage, put his nose to the ground, and started smelling and exploring the environment. He then started grazing, and it didn’t take long before he was running joyously around his new, vast home!

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All the bears were given time to become acclimated to their new surroundings and to experience sights, sounds, and smells that they never could have imagined in the bear pits where they saw virtually nothing but concrete walls and gawking tourists. One-year-old cubs Howell and Mansell were so thrilled with their new home that they immediately started climbing on everything in their surroundings, even the entrance to their den!

How YOU can help!

The future is bright for these bears—but other animals still need your help: Take action NOW for the dozens of animals still trapped at Jambbas Ranch—a roadside hellhole in North Carolina.

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  • 177 days ago

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    We live in Colorado and just this past summer took 40 children and adults to visit the wild animal sanctuary in keenesburg. We enjoyed the brown bears, saw both sets of cubs with their moms and had no idea of their past and story. So thankful there are people who care so much about animals to end their suffering and provide them a chance to enjoy their life.

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    248 days ago

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    Finally! Peta you’re awesoem!

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      247 days ago

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      Thank you, so are you! <3

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    422 days ago

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    This is beyond wonderful. I’m ecstatic that these majestic creature finally have the opportunity to live the way they deserve.

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    423 days ago

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    Thank u PETA! C; ;D

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    429 days ago

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    YAYYY!

  • 430 days ago

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    SAME SITUATION IN “ZOOSAFARI” – ITALY !!!! :/ Noboy help!

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    433 days ago

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    so happy I LOVE YOU PETA

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    439 days ago

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    Yay! This made me so happy to see, thank goodness PETA stepped in

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    441 days ago

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    Forever PETA will stop crime!! :D

  • 444 days ago

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    Thank you, PETA.

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    444 days ago

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    Thank you peta! <3

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    446 days ago

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    Great job, PETA! Yet again another victory! Go bears!

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    449 days ago

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    :D!

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    449 days ago

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    Everyday we are getting more and more people involved in animal rights and environmentalism. We are getting more and more people choosing the vegan and vegetarian way. We are making a change, and if everyday more and more people join, and they raise their kids this way- I think one day we will be able to change this world for the better.

    Slavery was abolished, but long after African Americans didn’t have equal rights. They eventually got them. Changes can’t happen over night, it happens over time. Perhaps in years to come, animals and the environment will have their turn for rights.

    But for now, we’re doing what we should be doing- changing the world one step at a time. And when we’re older, perhaps we’ll see the positive change we helped create.

    So thank you PETA, thank you PETA2 and any other organization and people fighting for the change. We’re making a difference and spreading awareness.

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    450 days ago

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    great job!!! :) This is so wonderful. The bears looked so happy at the sanctuary.

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    450 days ago

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    Well done!

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    452 days ago

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    Thank you PETA! Another job well done.

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    452 days ago

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    YAY! This is great!