Born at Cherokee Bear Park Zoo in Cherokee, North Carolina, Cherry Bomb was used as a cub petting prop along with her brother Albert.
After a few months of being used as a prop, Cherry Bomb along with her brother (Albert), were sent to Ohio to be auctioned off. Ironically, a man from North Carolina bought Cherry Bomb and Albert at the Ohio auction house and took them back to their birth state of North Carolina. Cherry Bomb was purchased by Little Man’s Zoo in Chadbourne, North Carolina and was put on display. During this time she was declawed.
After just four weeks at Little Man’s Zoo the owners decided they did not want Cherry Bomb anymore.
She spent a short amount of time in the hands of private owners before she was sent to Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was put on display at this roadside tourist attraction and after five months of being there, Cherry Bomb’s owners decided they did not want her anymore. Cherry Bomb’s fate was up in the air.
She was passed around like a deck of cards before a private couple in North Carolina decided to take her in after hearing from a friend about her misfortune. The owners already had two bears, Himalayan black bears named Teddy and Baloo (and a year after they obtained Cherry Bomb, they took in her brother Albert).
Around 2011 unforeseen circumstances arose. 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 just does not work out. Even after giving up everything, that still was not enough! It is then 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.