STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — The woman behind the Twitter account of Southern California’s favorite, meatball-eating bear is raising money in an effort to keep him in California.
Sarah Aujero has printed up T-shirts, reusable bags and buttons bearing Glen Bearian’s visage to sell online, with all proceeds going to building a new habitat for him at Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in San Diego County.
The black bear, who is affectionately referred to as both Glen Bearian and Meatball, earned the nickname after breaking into a La Crescenta garage and grabbing a bag of Costco meatballs out of a refrigerator. After repeated trips into Foothill-area neighborhoods in search of food, even after being trucked out of the area to the Angeles National Forest, he was captured and taken to Lions Tigers & Bears.
The original plan was for Glen Bearian to stay at the San Diego County animal sanctuary temporarily before making his last trip to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. But a quirk in a Colorado state law has prevented that move.
Even though a lawsuit has been filed in an effort to move Glen Bearian, Aujero is hoping to raise some money to build him a proper habitat. Aujero’s shirts – which are black and are styled similarly to the California flag – are on sale for $15 each. The reusable bags – which have a bear’s face on one side, and a bear’s rear on the other – are $5, and buttons are $2.
They’re available for sale at theglendalebear.com.