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PERU — A hairless bear that was allegedly abused at the circus is on her way to freedom.

Cholita ‘the real-life Paddington bear’ was transported to the ADI Spirit of Rescue Center by Animal Defenders International, where she is being prepared for her journey to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.

The extent of Cholita’s alleged abuse left her with fingers ‘cut to stumps’ to remove her front claws, broken teeth, and extensive hair loss from severe stress, according to a press release from ADI.

For the first time in her life, the endangered Spectacled bear is nesting in straw, enjoying a natural diet, and playing in her bath.

“She [Cholita] is elderly and quite frail so we are keeping her under close observation to monitor her health. With the public’s continuing and heartfelt response we can give this sweet bear the brighter future she deserves,” ADI President Jan Creamer said.

When she arrives in Colorado, she will live with 34 big cats who have also been rescued from circuses across Peru and Columbia.