Free at last: Bear rescued after a decade inside cramped, filthy concrete pen

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After 10 years living in a cramped cage inside a Maryland zoo, Lily the bear is walking and roaming free in an animal sanctuary in Colorado after the animal's rescue.

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Lily was inside the Deer Haven Mini Zoo in Maryland after being transferred from the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia as a cub. The roadside zoo kept the Asian black bear in tight quarters inside a concrete pen that was too small for her body.

She would live around her own feces and eventually became morbidly obese due to lack of exercise. After a PETA campaign caught the attention of animal rights activists, an online petition urged the zoo to release Lily.

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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.

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