Maddie was originally bought as a family pet and was going to be sold for less than $200 to a canned-hunting ranch before a friend stepped in to take her. Even though the friend, Kim, saved Maddie from sure death, she was kept in a 20-foot by 20-foot double corn crib, was fed a poor diet, and never had space to run or play.
When Ohio passed a law regulating the possession of exotic animals, the requirements of the law were too difficult and expensive for Kim to continue keeping Maddie, and she contacted LTB in hopes of finding Maddie a new and better home.
So the LTB team set out cross country, and, after relocating eight other Ohio bears to sanctuaries in South Dakota, Colorado and Texas, brought Maddie back to California to live out the rest of her life at Lions Tigers and Bears in a beautiful five-acre habitat with a pool, grass, rolling hills, and lots of natural features. She is now being fed a healthy diet fit for a bear and will get to exercise with the other female bears once she is out of quarantine.
And here’s where Maddie used to live in Ohio:
Maddie’s former owner, Kim, says goodbye before Maddie is brought to California: