Applaud Rescue of Abused Circus Bear


Target: Pat Craig, Founder and Executive Director, Wild Animal Sanctuary

Goal: Thank sanctuary group for gaining custody of an injured and mistreated bear.

Cholita, an abused circus bear from Peru, will soon be rescued and transported to a Colorado animal sanctuary. The Andean spectacled bear received special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enter the country, which was necessary due to its endangered status. It will live the remainder of its life at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, one of the country’s best equipped rescue operations for large carnivores.

The bear spent much of her life being forced to perform tricks in front of roaring crowds. In an effort to make her less dangerous, her trainer ripped out her claws, leaving her paws permanently disfigured. Cholita also had her teeth knocked out, which severely affected her ability to eat a proper diet, which includes raw meats and tough vegetation. Due to the extreme stress and mistreatment, the bear’s hair has fallen out completely.

When Cholita was removed from the circus’ custody by the Peruvian government almost a decade ago, it was exceedingly difficult to find her a home. Most zoos refused to keep her because she was “ugly,” and her appearance was likely to scare guests. Finally, a zoo in Northern Peru agreed to serve as a temporary home until she could be transported somewhere more appropriate.

Not only will the Wild Animal Sanctuary be providing a home for Cholita, but it will be rehabilitating her so that she may enjoy life once again. While it is likely that most of the damage her trainer caused is permanent, she can still enjoy an improved quality of life with a larger habitat, natural terrain, and an improved diet. Sign the petition below to thank the compassionate group behind Cholita’s rescue.


Dear Pat Craig,

Cholita, a spectacled Andean bear from Peru, will soon be re-homed at Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary. The bear, who spent much of her life performing in a circus, was brutally abused by her trainers. They pulled out her claws and knocked out her teeth in order to ensure she couldn’t hurt her abusers if she were to lash out. The mistreatment finally resulted in Cholita losing all of her hair due to her poor health.

After being shuffled around between various Peruvian zoos, the bear has finally found a permanent home. Now, she will be given a fair chance at life with a bigger, more natural habitat, and the care that she needs for rehabilitation. We, the undersigned, thank you for taking in this neglected bear when no other organization would.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kuribo via Creative Commons

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One Comment

  1. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Thank you so much for caring enough to do something about this horrific situation. I know Cholita thanks you. If you can’t help 100 bears, then help just 1…

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