Who doesn't love a happy ending?
On February 1, TakePart published a story about 11 bears and the abuse they suffered at the Chief Saunooke Bear Park in North Carolina. The animals—two Asian "Moon" bears, six black bears and two grizzlies—were underfed, neglected and forced to live in concrete pits.
The piece covered a detailed PETA report used to petition the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to save those animals. Unfortunately, they remained in the custody of the park's owner.
But this month, the good guys officially won. The USDA charges forced the abusive owner to give up the bears. And on July 9, the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) in Boyd, Texas, confirmed that the facility welcomed the ursine beasties to their fauna family.
The IEAS now plans to utilize their resident rehabilitation programs to help the bears recover from their years of neglect.
With this adoption, the facility now officially becomes home to the largest population of bears in Texas. The IEAS is the only sanctuary in the U.S. that's accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and it's designed to serve as a permanent home to exotic animals that have been abused, abandoned or neglected.
In an acre-sized habitat, with trees to climb, thickets to explore and ponds to bathe in, we trust that the bears will finally find the comfort and peace they deserve.