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CHEROKEE, N.C. — Animal rights group PETA is upset after obtaining footage of a bear cub who they say appears to be “in distress” in a small enclosure at the Cherokee Bear Zoo.

The video shows a baby brown bear calling out and pacing back and forth in the cage.

PETA says the footage was brought to them by a bear expert who also observed other alarming behaviors, according to WLOS.

A zoo staffer told WLOS on Wednesday that the 3-month-old cub never seems stressed, and only ever paces when she sees a bottle.

Visitors can pay to feed the cub and take photos near her. The cub’s mother is being kept in a separate enclosure due to space issues.

The zoo reportedly passed U.S.D.A. inspection a month ago, but on Wednesday PETA said either the situation was ignored, or the cub had gotten more upset since then.

Cherokee Bear Zoo reportedly has been under fire in the past for keeping animals in poor conditions.

Source: WLOS


  • Fore

    Would they rather see the bear in the wild feeding from them, in their garden, trash, or on their pond fish, turtles, crawdad’s or frogs?

  • anom

    it shouldnt be a a cage, it should be in a facility that has land for it to roam freely and safe. NOT IN A CAGE, MAYBE YOU”D LIKE TO LIVE THERE!!

  • dobydog1

    the cub is a baby and needs to be with its mother. these bears need to be put in larger enclosures. if this zoo cannot do that then they need to release the bears to someone who can.

  • C

    A baby bear needs to be with its mother, they have a very strong bond. I won’t be surprised to hear that this cub has died from being separated from his mother. I don’t agree with using animals for our amusement, if they can’t design a facility to simulate the animals environment and have to cage them then they don’t need to have them. But the greedy and the selfish will do what they can to get their way.

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