bear rescue
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Video
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17 bears held captive at the Black Forest Bear Park in Helen, Georgia are finally free. Thanks to PETA, Sam Simon, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, and the Atlanta Humane Society, the bears have been removed from their barren concrete pits and are living happily at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.

Now, instead of begging for scraps from the spectators and having their babies torn from them just after birth, the bears are enjoying 60 acres of green grass, their own private dens and top notch veterinary care.

According to PETA, two of the bears, 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.”

See the inspiring video below. You just might cry. (Tears of joy.)

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Wanda Lee

    This just makes my day… I remember seeing the photos last year asking for help. I cried at the time in sadness, to think these great creatures where being kept in the dirty concrete prison. Today I cry happy tears of joy, thank you to everyone who shared, and helped to free these bears, allowing them to live as close to a normal life as possible. The dream would be to have them released back into the wild where they belong, but after being held for so long, I know that would be an impossibility.

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  • Tim Haws

    who is the bastard that owned the park?

  • Coco Chanel

    wow see them running across the grass, eating and looking up at the sky! :)

  • Becky

    We saw these sad bears in August of 2013. I am so glad to see them freed. What a horrible way to live in those conditions. Thanks you to all those that get them to a wonderful place to live their lives out.

  • TeeBeeSanford

    People are not going to like this but….I’ve been to the sanctuary in Helen Ga. and while it is awful with the concrete pens all those bears were rescued from things like a circus or people who had them as pets and could not longer care for them or were abusing them. I never liked the idea of the pens and certainly was not aware they were allowing them to breed, but I truly think the idea behind the place was for the right reasons but they were unable monetarily to keep up with what was needed in the best interest of the bears. Will miss seeing them when we vaca in Helen, my kids loved going to see them every year, but am glad they are in a better place.

  • Ghdfe

    Please look into the bear store in hale michigan