Betsy is the first bear from the “Libearty” sanctuary, brought from overseas, Texas. She was a circus artist, and the difficult years of torment that she spent in the arena, left deep wounds on her. She came to us in mid-2010, at the age of 24.
She crossed the ocean with a ship transporting a traveling circus in Europe. After the circus closed, she “lived” another nine years on a farm, where she was kept in a dirty and extremely small hen coop.
Her food consisted mostly of leftovers from a fast food restaurant, and that caused her severe stomach problems. Before she arrived to Zarnesti, Betsy suffered several surgeries at her teeth that got destroyed in over 20 years of captivity. At the request of SPCA Houston, she took a flight home, to Romania.
She has been in our care for 12 years. These are sad moments, but our fight continues and we are doing what is necessary for those who are still suffering.
“It is hard but makes me think that Betsy has lived her last years among her peers.” Our bears, so hard tried by fate, opened the doors of the sanctuary for other bears such as them. ” – Cristina Lapis – AMP President
All those who will visit the sanctuary will hear the story of the circus bear brought all the way from the United States and so its memory will live on over the years.
Smooth road in Ursa Major, gentle Betsy!