The Votes Are In: Rescued Bear Cubs Named ‘Freda Bear’ and ‘Happy’ in PETA Poll

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Denver – Six cubs were born to two bears who were rescued in January from a dismal tourist attraction in Georgia and moved to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. This video shows two of the cubs and the mother bear, Ursula, emerging from their den for the first time. PETA asked our Twitter and Instagram followers for help in choosing names for two of the cubs. Two of the most popular names were perfect suggestions: Freda Bear and Happy.

If they had been born at the bear pit, Freda Bear and Happy would have likely been taken from their mother shortly after birth and spent their lives in small, virtually barren enclosures—but at the sanctuary, they will grow up together and enjoy roaming, foraging for food, splashing in pools, and living out natural lives.

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