Lily the bear rescued from ‘mini-zoo,’ moved to Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg

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KEENESBURG, Colo. — After spending 10 years inside a small pen at a “mini-zoo” in Maryland, Lily the bear has been relocated to a sanctuary in Colorado.

“In just the last year, Deer Haven Mini Zoo was cited for allowing the enclosure holding Lily to fall into dangerous disrepair with an ‘excessive amount. of her own waste,” PETA said in a statement Monday.

A visitor reported Lily appeared disoriented and seemed to be struggling to breathe. According to PETA, experts examined Lily and found she was morbidly obese, “likely a result of being denied any opportunity to exercise for more than a decade.”

PETA helped move Lily to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg and released a video showing how much it will change her life.

“She has arrived at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg and been released into an enclosure that allows her to acclimate to the new sights, sounds, and smells of the massive, beautiful Colorado facility,” PETA officials said. “She’ll soon be released into a sprawling habitat, where she’ll have acres in which to roam, forage, and explore.”

She’ll even get to swim in a pool — for the first time ever — according to PETA.