Thanks to PETA, the Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, and the Atlanta Humane Society, 17 bears were rescued from barren concrete pits in a dismal Georgia tourist attraction and relocated to lush acreage in Keenesburg, Colorado.
They now roam on 60 acres of grassland in The Wild Animal Sanctuary.
When they first arrived at the sanctuary, the team opened the trailer doors and let the bears slowly look around at their new surroundings. “Dakota” immediately stepped out of the cage, put his nose to the ground, and started smelling the Earth — something they had never been able to do. It didn’t take long before he was running joyously around his new, vast home.
One of the rescued bears, Ursula, was pregnant at the time of the rescue and this week a hidden camera got video of her two newborn cubs venturing with their mama outside their den for the first time. Watch the news story in the top video and see the bear cubs in the videos to the bottom!