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Rescued bears take center stage at Lions, Tigers and Bears

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ALPINE (CBS 8) - Two Himalayan black bears have a new habitat at the Lions Tigers and Bears Sanctuary.

Bear brothers Teddy and Baloo are among the latest additions to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, where they are settling in to their new digs and amazing the sanctuary's visitors.

“It's a way for them to live out their lives in dignity. They have a couple of acres, rocks, trees, grass. They got it made in the shade,” said Bobbi Brink with Lions, Tigers & Bears Sanctuary.

These Himalayan black bears, also known as Moon Bears because of the crescent-shaped white marking on their chests, also have plenty of admirers. Some visitors even had a chance to feed them Thursday morning.

The two bears survived a very difficult past. They were captive-born and bred and kept in cinder block pits where they were on display at a roadside zoo in North Carolina.

"To think that a beautiful bear like that would be in a small cement cage. It's just horrific,” said visitor Dewayne Taylor

Life is now much sunnier for these Moon Bears, who were rescued at the same time as another sibling pair - a brother and sister.

Cherry Bomb and Albert are grizzlies who were also victims of the exotic animal trade. These bears, now embarking on a new life.

These bears are just a few of the 69 rescued animals currently living at Lions, Tigers & Bears.

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