Monica spent more than 15 years behind bars in a zoo from Ploiești. In 2009 she finally said good-bye to her friends of suffering: the steel bars and concrete floor of the cage. She was afraid of what might happen after leaving her cage. She had dreamed about freedom all her life, but now she was insecure. Monica took small steps into the training area enclosure of the Sanctuary. The large space, the forest, the soft grass and the freedom scared her. But there was Betsy waiting for her inside the enclosure and somehow she trusted the “old lady” and took a few more steps. They got to know each other and became friends quickly. After almost a year, Monica was released in the third forest enclosure where she made new bear-friends and is now enjoying the freedeom together.