Baloo was born at Tote-em-in Zoo in Wilmington, North Carolina, along with his brother Teddy. They were the offspring of Luna Bear, a Himalayan black bear who lived at Tote-em-in Zoo.
A private couple frequented the zoo to visit with Luna Bear and over time got to know the owners of the small roadside zoo. After Luna Bear gave birth to Teddy and Baloo, the couple helped care for the two cubs. When the cubs turned two months old, the owners of the zoo decided to send Teddy and Baloo to an auction house in Ohio, where they faced an unknown destiny. To spare the bears from being separated they were bought by this well-meaning couple and donated to a zoo in a nearby town.
Unfortunately, after a few months at that zoo, the zoo owners decided they did not want the cubs anymore. They gave the couple an ultimatum: take them or leave them and they are getting sent to auction. The couple decided to adopt the bears and provide them with a home.
A few years down the road, they also ended up taking in two more bears, Albert and Cherry Bomb. 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.