It was supposed to be a fun day out. But when visitors to a roadside zoo saw the decrepit conditions in which one bear was living, their hearts broke. Yes, the once majestic animal was so overweight that she could hardly move in her tiny, concrete cage.
For the past decade, Lily the Asiatic black bear had called this barbaric prison home. The makeshift cage in which she lived was simply a corn crib. Indeed, these large, fenced off containers are designed to store food for livestock, not to house beautiful beasts like Lily.
The bear was born at the Natural Bridge Zoo near Roanoke, Virginia. However, this zoo was known for its mistreatment of animals. In fact, animal rights activists had widely criticized the facility. So little Lily no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when she was transferred to another zoo.