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Neglected Ohio Bears Find New Life at Popcorn Park Zoo

Three American black bears, Bonnie, Ginger and Maryann have finally found a home where they will enjoy the best of care, and have room to climb and play.The trio arrived at Poporn Park in June 2005, and as you can see from their photos, are enjoying exploring their new environment and making new discoveries.  

Bonnie, 4 years old, and Maryann and Ginger, each 2 years, came from Xenia, Ohio where they had been raised in poor conditions, often finding Krispy Kreme doughnuts as the mainstay of their diet. A resident of the Ohio town had been breeding, raising and selling bear cubs, and periodically taking back those that did not work out. As a result, he often had more than he could handle. Clearly, their care was not his priority.

Because they were kept in flimsy caging, the bears would often escape, causing concern to local residents, especially to a nearby day care center. Bonnie was often walked about on leash with the owner at county fairs and other events.

Due to the numerous escapes, the local sheriff had directed Tom Sears, also of Xenia, to pick up the errant bears.  Tom and his wife Lizette run a no-kill shelter and refuge for domestic animals called Hole in the Wall Farm, and Tom operates his own livestock hauling business for domestic and exotic animals.When the owner failed to address the problems with the bears' escaping, Tom was directed to confiscate them.

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