Activists stage NJ rally to highlight plight of maimed bear

Animal activists continue to press New Jersey officials over the plight of a bipedal bear that has become a social media darling.

The activists were in Trenton on Tuesday to drop off petitions supporting the relocation of the injured bruin nicknamed Pedals. They also staged a small rally outside the Statehouse to raise public awareness about the animal.

The bear has gained national attention in recent weeks after videos posted online showed it walking around on two legs.

If Pedals can be captured, activists are hoping it can be placed at an animal facility in New York, though state officials there have said that likely won’t be allowed.

New Jersey environmental officials say they would like to examine the bear before making any decisions about treatment or relocation.

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