Neglected circus bear enjoys her first steps in freedom after 20 years

This is the emotional story of a bear who never tasted freedom. However, after decades in circuses, the helpless animal got the chance to life a free life.


Cholita, a 25-year-old bear, has endured a difficult life in a Peruvian circus for over 20 years. Confined to small cages and subjected to unimaginable treatment, Cholita still bears the marks of her rough past.


When the circus was shut down for operating illegally and the animals were confiscated, Cholita was transferred to a zoo, seemingly never to experience freedom again. However, ten years later, Jan Creamer, the president of Animal Defenders International (ADI), learned of Cholita’s story and was determined to find her a better home.

After being temporarily placed in an ADI rescue center, Cholita was finally taken to her forever home at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, a natural habitat for spectacled bears. After a four-day journey, Cholita arrived at her new home, where she can live peacefully and enjoy the rest of her days.

Watch Cholita take her first steps towards freedom in the video below.

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