Seventeen bears that were imprisoned in concrete pits are now free to wander in a lovely 60-acre sanctuary. The bears were held in Georgia’s Black Forest Bear Park, where they lived in pits and begged for food from park visitors. Female bears were also bred, and their pups were removed from them shortly after birth.
Peta, the Atlanta Humane Society, and Sam Simpson worked together to rescue the bears and transport them to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.
They have the freedom to wander, forage, and eat fresh fruits and veggies in their new habitat. After years of just feeling hard concrete beneath their feet, these bears are now getting to experience the ground and grass. And since two of the bears were pregnant when they were rescued, they will be allowed to raise their own pups for the first time.
In the video below, you can see some of the bears’ ecstatic responses as they are released into their new environment!