SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Moving a bear from here to there can be a bear. The latest arrival at Lions, Tigers and Bears just pulled in from Ohio.
"We just got done working on a big rescue in Ohio -- 38 animals. Eleven tigers, seven lions, five cougars, the bear and some wolves," Bobbi Brink said.
Now the six-year-old, 500-pound black bear will spend the rest of his life in this nonprofit, fully accredited no-kill, no-breed, no-sell rescue facility, already a sanctuary for 53 animals. Sugar Bear came from another rescue facility that simply ran out of money.
"He lived in something about the size of the horse trailer for over five years," Bobbi said.
Sugar Bear is the fourth bear to be rescued by Lions, Tigers and Bears and it didn't take him long to warm up to his new digs.
"So he'll be in the quarantine for a good month. We've got to neuter him and get him all his medical, make sure he's healthy, and he'll get out in the four-acre habitat with Liberty and the girls," Bobbi said. "He'll get to see another bear. He's probably never seen another bear in his whole life."
For Sugar Bear, today was all about chillin' out. You're invited to come out and say hello to Sugar Bear or any of the other 17 species of animals here. It's a far cry from his original fate, bred for a canned hunt ranch.
"If you don't know what a canned hunt ranch is, that is where they literally shoot the animals in small cages… just for a trophy," Bobbi explained.
So welcome Sugar Bear to the first day of the rest of your life, a life filled with love and care in the East County. Because some days you get the bear, and today was one of those days in Alpine.