Born at Cherokee Bear Park in Cherokee, North Carolina, Albert and his sister, Cherry Bomb, were used as cub petting props.
After a few months of exploitation, Albert and Cherry Bomb were sent to Ohio to be auctioned off. Ironically, a man from North Carolina bought Albert and Cherry Bomb at an Ohio auction house and took them back to their birth state of North Carolina.
Albert was separated from his sister and further exploited for the next two years of his life. He traveled around the country as a ‘cub-petting’ prop and was displayed at roadside zoo menageries by a friend of the man who had originally purchased Albert at the auction.
This new owner tried to profit off of Albert’s time as a yearling. He was confined in very small quarters during these travelling stints and was deprived of food. He became severely malnourished. To this day Albert suffers from neurological damage and a limp due to cramped confinement and malnutrition as a cub.
Albert was eventually taken in by a private couple in North Carolina who owned three other bears. They also took in Albert’s sister, Cherry Bomb. Albert was skin and bones when the couple received him.
Around 2011, unforeseen circumstances arose. The couple struggled to provide adequate care for their charges. Over the next several years it came to the point where the couple was no longer able to provide a proper life for the bears so they reached out to Bobbi for help.
The story of these bears is a perfect example of why private ownership of exotics so often does not work out. Despite a private owner’s best efforts, there is limited recourse if they simply cannot continue to care for the animals they take in. Even after giving up everything, that still was not enough!
At that desperate point, it becomes up to the sanctuary to come in and rescue the animals and provide them with a lifetime of care for the remainder of the animal’s life. Through a generous grant and an outpouring of support from LTB members and supporters, Bobbi and the LTB rescue team was able to travel to North Carolina to rescue Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo in late May 2014.
The bear family of four now calls the sanctuary home. Your donations help ensure that they never have to face an uncertain future again.