Free at Last: Bear Rescued After a Decade Inside Cramped, Filthy Concrete Pen
After 10 years in a cramped cage, Lily the bear is free to roam in an animal sanctuary in Colorado.
Before her rescue, the Asian black bear spent her days at a roadside zoo, crammed into a concrete pen that was too small for her body, according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
She lived surrounded by her own feces and eventually became morbidly obese due to lack of exercise, according to the animal rights organization.
But after PETA publicized her plight, an online petition urged the zoo to release Lily.
Once they did, on November 3, Lily was transferred to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado where she can now run around, swim and explore. A video shows the bear enjoying her new home.
After Lily gets acclimated to her new surroundings, she will be released to a larger habitat and live out her days like a normal bear her age.