Rescued grizzly bear 'Marley' brought to Wild Animal Sanctuary after orthopedic surgery

KEENSBURG, Colo. - Following surgery on two fractured elbows, a rescued grizzly bear named Marley is now recovering at her new home at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keensburg.

The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Dr. Terry Campbell report that Marley, a 7-year-old, is recovering well after orthopedic surgery earlier this week. The update on the bear's condition was posted to Facebook Saturday.

"She returned my gaze with her delightfully inquisitive eyes and furry expression of innocence," Dr. Campbell was quoted saying. "I say this because I know that until now, her entire life had been controlled by humans in an unkind way. Her world was a cold prison cell of concrete and metal bars."

Marley and 16 other bears were rescued from a roadside "bear park" in Georgia. When she came to Colorado, both of her ulnas were fractured and one was badly infected.

The animal sanctuary where Marley will now live covers 720 acres and shelters over 290 carnivores, including lions, tigers, bears, leopards, mountain lions and wolves. It is located at 1946 County Road 53 in Keensburg, northeast of Denver and is open daily for visitors.

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