Paula had been zipped up in a backpack and carted around by her captors, who were trying to sell her as a pet. No one knows for sure how she got there, but rescuers suspect that her family was either killed and Paula was orphaned or she was kidnapped from them.
But the day she got her basketball, Paula's whole fate changed.
The ball was meant to just keep Paula occupied while her rescuers figured out where to take her. For a few weeks, she lived on their porch.