The bear was also extremely thin, which made the rescue team suspect that he wasn’t fed often.
“Given the shocking neglect the bear was kept in, it’s unlikely that any great attention was paid to what he was fed or when he was fed,” Key said. “To keep an animal shut away in a dark corner like that indicates a total disregard for its physical and mental welfare, whether through deliberate cruelty or ignorance.”
On top of everything else, the state of the cage was shocking — it was old and dilapidated, and covered in filth.
“It’s hard to imagine how the cage was ever cleaned with the bear locked inside of it,” Key said. “The floor had rusted away in places so probably the feces and urine simply fell through the holes.”