Browse the photos below for a glimpse
into Ben's heartbreaking life at Jambbas Ranch and the eventual triumph of
justice after a court ordered that he be transferred to a sanctuary.
Jambbas, Ben was held in this barren cage, where he constantly paced back and
forth and pushed and chewed at his cage walls—all forms of abnormal behavior
called "stereotypies," caused by a lack of mental stimulation. He was
frequently seen pawing at the fence when visitors were present, which a bear
expert explained was his way of asking to be let out.
citizens, with the support of PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, sought relief
for the suffering bear.
Kimbrell Tucker found that Ben's needs were "not being met dietarily,
veterinarily, and, most importantly, environmentally" and called Ben's
enclosure at Jambbas "a 12-by-22 concrete chain link fence dog run"
that did "not meet the requirements … for this bear's health and
the assistance of FedEx, Ben was transported across the country in
climate-controlled safety and accompanied by the transport team to his new sanctuary
home. The flight crew dubbed their mission "Bear Force One."
PAWS, Ben's habitat provides an enriched environment that is designed to
replicate a wild bear habitat. He can finally engage in normal bear behavior,
like foraging, playing, climbing, exploring, digging, nesting, denning,
swimming, bathing, and hibernating.