At the Big Bear Farm Zoo Park, a tiny zoo in rural Pennsylvania, 4 bears were suffering in secret for years.
The zoo closed in 1995, but before that Fifi, Bruno, Pocahontas and Marsha had entertained visitors by performing cruel tricks, like riding a bicycle or walking on their hind legs.
When the zoo closed, the crowds left but the bears stayed behind. For more than 20 years they were kept in tiny cages with concrete floors and only a small wooden doghouse for shelter.
Forgotten and alone, the bears learned to cope with their awful conditions, but their health suffered.
It took more than 2 decades of waiting, but help finally arrived to rescue these animals.
The awful conditions at the zoo left each of the bears with painful injuries and disorders. The bears were all mangy and underweight, and even suffering mentally from their isolation.
Fifi, one of the oldest bears, had a bad case of arthritis in her back legs that went untreated. Worst of all, the zoo's owners didn't let the bears hibernate during winter, keeping them awake in spite of their health to host shows year round.
It was a painful and tragic existence, but after 20 years PETA stepped in gave these animals the home they deserved.
Click the next page to see Fifi's incredible transformation.