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New bears at Lions, Tigers and Bears: Bearly arrived

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - You know how the old saying goes. "Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes you get two". Blossom and Delilah are the latest arrivals at Lions, Tigers and Bears, a no-kill nonprofit rescue facility on the outskirts of Alpine.

"They were at the Little River Zoo in Oklahoma. They were just flat broke and they had about 400 animals that they were trying to place and nobody would take the bears. So the bears were about the very last animals to leave the zoo," Bobbi Brink said.

It took the volunteer crew four days to load the bears into cages. Once the bears were trapped, they traveled through the 100-plus degree heat in air-conditioned comfort, arriving in Alpine late Saturday.

"These bears, nobody would take them. They were old, they have never had any medical work. They are going to need some dental work. They've been in the same cage for 10 years with a terrible diet, so they are going to need a little TLC," Bobbi said.

When Lions, Tigers and Bears came to the rescue, time was running out for Blossom and Delilah.

"If we didn't hurry and get them, they were going to a game ranch, which isn't fair. These have been zoo animals that kids have walked up to. They are hand-feeding them candy and now they are going to take them to a game ranch where they'll walk right up to a person and be shot," Bobbi said.

Thanks to the generosity of some two-legged benefactors, a new four-acre enclosure on the grounds is just about completed.

"They're going to have a stand out here, a waterfall, a pool. You can see there are three dens built right in there. They're going to have hammocks and a sun deck," Bobbi said.

They are hoping for a few donations to help complete the facility within the next few weeks.

"They are going to have it pretty much made once we get them in here," Bobbi said.

The newly arrived Blossom and Delilah will join Liberty, rescued on the Fourth of July 2010, and all the other endangered wild animals who have found sanctuary in these hills. And thus starts a new chapter in the story of the three bears.

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