Alaskan Silvertip Grizzly
Species: Ursus Arctos
Favorite Food: Carrots
Meet Albert, Our Grizzly BearBorn at Cherokee Bear Park in Cherokee, North Carolina, Albert and his sister, Cherry Bomb, were used as cub petting photo ops for the first few months of their lives. When they became too big to be handled, Albert and Cherry Bomb were sent to Ohio to be auctioned off. Ironically, a man from North Carolina bought Albert and Cherry Bomb at an Ohio auction house and took them back to their birth state of North Carolina.
Albert was separated from his sister and further exploited for the next two years of his life. He traveled around the country as a ‘cub-petting' prop and
‘pop-up' attraction, where he was displayed at roadside zoo menageries by a friend of the man who had originally purchased Albert at the auction. The owner profited off of Albert's time as a yearling. He was confined in very small quarters during these traveling stints and was deprived of food. He became severely malnourished. To this day Albert suffers from neurological damage and a limp due to cramped confinement and malnutrition as a cub.
Albert was eventually taken in by a private couple in North Carolina who owned three other bears, including, Albert's sister, Cherry Bomb. Albert was skin and bones when the couple received him.
Around 2011 the couple struggled to provide adequate care for their four bears, and when it came to the point that they were no longer able to provide a proper home, they reached out to Bobbi for help.
Through a generous grant and an outpouring of support from Lions Tigers & Bears' members and supporters, Bobbi and the Lions Tigers & Bears Rescue Team was able to travel to North Carolina to rescue Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo in late May 2014.
The bear family of four now calls Lions Tigers & Bears home and they never have to face an uncertain future again.