Approximately seven years ago, a bear named Cholita returned to the wild after a lifetime of captivity. Stolen as a cub, she endured the confines of a traveling circus and later a zoo. Trapped in a small cage, she experienced a profound sense of isolation until Animal Defenders International (ADI) intervened, relocating her to a habitat in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
However, the toll of stress and loneliness left Cholita completely devoid of fur.
Since then, remarkable transformations have occurred, and nobody is more elated about it than Cholita herself.
“During her journey across the Andes, we were deeply concerned about her health, so we created an oxygen tent for her at high altitudes,” ADI shared in a Facebook post. “Seven years later, it’s evident just how much she has thrived in her natural habitat.”
Cholita’s life has undergone a remarkable shift from its former state. Although her fur may never fully regrow due to thickened skin, her innate playful nature now has the opportunity to shine.
“It is impossible to encounter Cholita and not develop an immense love for her,” ADI emphasized.
This gentle bear has become a beloved presence on ADI’s social media platforms, amassing a multitude of supporters worldwide. Cholita’s admirers delight in witnessing her revel in the natural forest enclosure, exploring caves, taking dips in pools, and luxuriating in her cherished hammock.
“Our magnificent Queen of the forest is eagerly anticipating carved melons and an abundance of fruit this week to celebrate Halloween!” ADI exclaimed in another Facebook post.
Cholita has endured significant hardships throughout her journey. At approximately 30 years old, she now thrives in her natural habitat, relishing her favorite delicacies in the world—grapes.
“The rescue of this extraordinary survivor prompted government officials in Peru to save more bears,” shared Jan Creamer, President of ADI, with The Dodo. “Cholita spends her bustling days engaging in friendly conversations with her neighbors, Dominga and Sabina, venturing across her expansive habitat, refreshing herself in the pool, and indulging in restful slumbers in her cave.”
Cholita’s past no longer matters. She is finally safe, living the life she has always deserved, embodying resilience and inspiring all who encounter her story.