Bears are majestic creatures. And for one bear named Eve, it has been a long road to recovery after she was found in 2017 – dumpster diving and in desperate need of care. Even has since moved into the new home in Murchison, Texas on the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch – which is a Humane Society of the United States affiliate.
Back when Eve was found, it was Christmas Eve 2017, and the poor bear was rummaging through a dumpster in Northern California. She weighed a shocking 30 pounds and she was bald and visibly ill. As the HSUS stated, she was one of the worst cases of mange that medical staff had ever encountered!
In order to give the bear the proper help that she needed, authorities relocated her to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, California. It was here that Eve was able to undergo 2 years of rehab in order to reverse the damage caused by her neglect, medical issues, and mange.
As Eve began on her road to recovery, her caretakers quickly realized that she’d never be fit for release into the wild. Even though she’d gained 130 pounds and some of her fur had begun growing again, she didn’t have enough of a coat nor the necessary skills to survive in the wild and interact with other bears.
Since she couldn’t go home, Eve was given the next best thing. At her new abode in the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, Eve has her own spacious sanctuary-style enclosure. She lives a luxurious life for a bear as she has acres of land to explore, plenty of enrichment opportunities and lots of dedicated care for the rest of her life.
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Kitty Block, the president and CEO of the HSUS stated, “This incredibly strong and resilient bear will require life-long care and a special environment to help protect her. There is no doubt that without the intervention of the dedicated wildlife center staff, Eve would not have survived. We know her future now at our Black Beauty Ranch is a bright one and that all of her needs will be met for the rest of her life.”
When Eve first moved in, she had no adjustment problems at all.
As Noelle Almrud, director of Black Beauty, said, “Eve is an extraordinary bear and is already busy exploring her new home here. While her hair will never fully come back, she is otherwise healthy, feisty and showing typical wild bear behavior. We are grateful to be able to provide a permanent home for her.”
Eve is now a part of the other 800 animals who call the sanctuary home – including two other bears, Tibor and Sammi, who are retired from the traveling circus life.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.