Meatball, the Crescenta Valley bear that was relocated to the Lions, Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine, Calif., has been deemed in good health after having a physical exam from sanctuary vet Dr. Jane Meier.
The bear was neutered and underwent a complete physical, including bloodwork, parasite testing and a dental exam. A microchip was also inserted by Dr. Meier. Meatball is about 5 or 6 years old, weighs 502 pounds, and is perfectly healthy according to Dr. Meier.
The doctor also removed Meatball’s Fish & Game identification 210 ear tag. While sedated, Lions Tigers & Bears staff “paw printed” him and took a few locks of his fur for display in the kids’ education center at the sanctuary.
Lions Tigers & Bears will be auctioning off Meatball’s 210 ear tag, his paw print and a lock of fur via eBay beginning today. People wanting to own a piece of Meatball history can visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Meatball-the-Glendale-Bear-Memorabilia/261124746695?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA: US:1123 through Nov. 16. Lions Tigers & Bears has collected $105,000 of the $250,000 needed to construct Meatball’s new habitat. Meatball’s safety bedroom is nearly complete and he will be moved over to his safety bedroom as soon as it is finished. The landscape designer and architect are finishing the renderings of the habitat, and the landscape is being prepared for construction.
Donations can be made directly to Lions Tigers & Bears by visiting www.LionsTigersAndBears.org.