For a decade, Lily the bear was trapped in a tiny cage with nothing other to do other than eat and eat until it became a problem.

Lily is an Asiatic Black Bear and has lived out a large part of her life on a concrete floor of a corn crib – a container usually used to hold corn for livestock.

The “cage” was placed at the roadside of Deer Haven Mini Zoo in Maryland.



Lily has known life in a cage since she was a cub – she had never been able to climb, run and forage like other bears.

Bears are supposed to live on a nutritious diet of fruits, nuts and insects – but this was yet another “norm” that Lily was deprived of – instead she survived on a diet of grain.


Eating was the only thing Lily could do with her day – so she gorged on the heavy grains and by the time she was 12 this had had a detrimental effect on her health.

“She was morbidly obese,” Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at the PETA Foundation explained. “She could take no more than a few steps in either direction — she was so obese that her stomach dragged on the floor of where she was kept.”