10 Sep '15, 12am

Cholita the Abused Circus Bear Gets Her Happy Ending

Cholita the Abused Circus Bear Gets Her Happy Ending

Earlier this spring we heard the heartbreaking story about a severely abused circus bear named Cholita who desperately needed help. Now, thanks to the efforts of those who stepped in to rescue her, she’s gotten the happy ending she more than deserves. Cholita was dubbed a real-life Paddington bear after the popular children’s books that tell tales of a bear from “darkest Peru,” but the account of her life certainly didn’t resemble anything we might find in a story book. Images and video of Cholita taken at the time by Animal Defenders International (ADI), the organization behind the effort to bring her to safety, are crushing. Her fingers have been cut off to remove her claws and her teeth were smashed to leave her unable to defend herself. She should be covered in thick fur, but her body is bald as a result of alopecia, which her advocates believe was caused by stress, le...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/cholita-the-abused-circus-bea...

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