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Rescued bears check out their new digs

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Four bears are settling into their new digs at a local animal sanctuary. They traveled 2,500 miles, all the way from North Carolina.

The bears were rescued from a backyard, where they were featured in a roadside zoo. Lions Tigers and Bears founder Bobbi Brink says in low-budget operations, bears are housed in concrete enclosures and forced to beg tourists for food.

"If you see one of these roadside zoos, please don't frequent it. Please help us write letters to get it stopped," she said.

The bears are now feasting on granola, watermelons and hand-made sandwiches.

Following medical check-ups, the bears will spend 30 days in quarantine, during which a new habitat will be built around them.

Bobbi has dreams to expand the sanctuary by an additional 88 acres. She needs the space -- six more bears need to be rescued from another East Coast backyard in the next two weeks.

"They're in New York, and there's just no homes in our country for bears right now. So we need help, the bears need help," she said.

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