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Animal lovers around the world often view bears as magnificent, powerful, and protective creatures. Sometimes people even get a little envious of bears and their luxurious-sounding hibernation periods during the harsh winter. Fifi, the bear, however, was robbed of all the usual splendors life has to offer. Instead, for the first ten years of her life, Fifi, like hundreds of other bears, was forced into the entertainment industry.

This bear was kept in a roadside zoo located in Pennsylvania for the beginning of her life. However, when the zoo shut down,  she was left in a sorry state. For 20 years, she was left to deteriorate in a tiny, rusted cage, where her only protection from the beating sun and harsh weather was a small concrete house within the cage.

Thankfully, in July 2015, PETA and The Wild Animal Sanctuary rescued the fragile creature and transported her to a Colorado facility, where she finally had room to run around and receive the care and love she deserved.

After just five months at the sanctuary, Fifi has made amazing strides towards recovery! She is overcoming her painful arthritic condition, becoming stronger every day, and has grown a new healthy, fur coat. This year, she will enjoy her very first hibernation, in a comfy den, the way nature intended. To find out more about her story, visit PETA’s website.

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