Fight brews over ‘Meatball’ the bear’s name
SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County animal sanctuary that took in “Meatball” the Glendale bear now wants the woman who turned him into a social media darling to sign away all legal claims to the bear’s name.
Meatball, who got his nickname after he was caught eating frozen Costco meatballs from a garage refrigerator in 2012, had been slated to be euthanized after repeatedly returning to Glendale despite being relocated deep within Angeles National Forest.
The tactic worked. Amid a surge of public interest, wildlife officials trapped the bear a third time.
The effort to find Meatball a permanent home quickly grew into a full-fledged fundraising campaign, complete with branded shirts, tote bags and stickers to help pay for a new enclosure at Lions, Tigers & Bears…
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