This is the story of Cholita, the ‘real life Paddington bear.’ Spectacled bear Cholita was snatched from the wild as a baby. She spent years in the circus confined to a tiny cage. Her fingers were cut off and her teeth broken, leaving her completely defenseless. Her sad and stressful life caused her hair to fall out — where she should have thick, black fur she has none. Cholita was confiscated from the circus by authorities, but no permanent home could be found for her, so she stayed in a zoo for 10 years. Animal Defenders International heard of Cholita’s plight and vowed to save her. We brought her back to our Operation Spirit of Freedom rescue center and nursed her back to better health, helping her arthritis and breathing troubles, while building her a forever home in her native habitat. Cholita is now back in the Amazon forest where she belongs! Please help us look after Cholita for life, and save more bears like her:Click here for reuse options!
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