Chonky Bear That Was Rescued From Horrid Conditions Starts Diet
A bear that was once the world's fattest Asiatic bear is now on a path to slimming down after being rescued from a caged life.
Workers from The Wildlife Sanctuary freed Dillan from a gentleman's club in Pennsylvania earlier this year over fears he was living a horrid life.
The Sanctuary - which is in Colorado, United States - alleged the gentleman's club forced Dillan and 'a bobcat and raccoon' into small cages, which 'are the main attraction for club members who also have the option to blast guns at the club's shooting range located less than 200 yards away'.
A petition calling for his freedom attracted tens of thousands of signatures and eventually the bear was allowed to leave.
He was taken to a vet to have his mouth checked out and were horrified by what they found, adding: "This kind of wide spread devastation comes from being left for years without proper diagnosis or treatment, and would have been accompanied by just as many years of pain and suffering.
"The sheer amount of debris that was pulled out of the rotted root paths of his teeth was mind boggling, as was the number of infection drainage holes found throughout his teeth and gums.
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The Asiatic bear has now been transferred to a much larger enclosure in Colorado.
Because of his previously cramped living conditions, he's twice the normal size of a bear in his species. The cage he was locked up in provided no space to walk around and he ended up getting issues with his ankles and feet, which only exacerbated his health problems.
But the Wildlife Sanctuary isn't letting Dillan live out the rest of his chonky days without a bit of hard work and determination.
As a result, his trainers have chucked him on a diet.
They uploaded a picture of the bear chowing down on some lettuce and he didn't look one bit impressed. We've all been there mate.
But they're getting Dillan slim before he meets his potential mate, named Lily.
They uploaded a video to Facebook, which said: "Dillan is enjoying his new location within a habitat at the Sanctuary. He's in a temporary enclosure within the same habitat as Lily, but she is still fast asleep and hibernating, so they have not met.
"This is Dillan's favourite hammock, but he has to do the 'big body roll' to generate enough inertia to get himself out. Staff visit him numerous times a day so he can still feel totally spoiled...but sooner or later, he will eventually meet Lily, and then maybe enjoy her company more!"
Hopefully his new surroundings will allow him to life out a much better, happier life.
Featured Image Credit: The Wildlife Sanctuary