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Bear adjusting to freedom after years as ice cream shop draw

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 KEENESBURG, Colo. (AP) - A female bear that spent nearly two decades as a caged attraction at a Pennsylvania ice cream shop is adjusting to life at a wildlife sanctuary outside Denver.

Wild Animal Sanctuary's executive director tells Friday's York Daily Record that Little Ricki is roaming the 720-acre grasslands and making friends.

She's among more than 300 animals at the sanctuary. They include lions, camels and ostriches.

Little Ricki moved there in February after a battle that drew worldwide attention.

Animal rights activists argued Ricki's concrete enclosure at Jim Mack's Ice Cream shop near York was inadequate, causing her mental and physical decline.

Actor Ricky Gervais joined the fight, encouraging Facebook followers to sign a petition for Ricki's release.

The shop's owner said the outcry pushed him to let her go.

Information from: York Daily Record, http://www.ydr.com

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