Ben the bear, who lived for six years in a 12 x 22-foot cage near Fayetteville before becoming the subject of a lawsuit garnering national publicity, is featured in tomorrow night's episode of "Animal Intervention" on the Nat Geo Wild channel.
In the episode, which airs at 9 p.m., the show's star Alison Eastwood and actor-activist Billy McNamara visit the Jambbas Ranch in Cedar Creek and meet with Ben's owner James Bass, who at the time of filming had been under fire over Ben's living conditions.
In the episode, McNamara explains to Bass that in the wild, bears walk approximately 20 miles each day. Ben, a grizzly-black bear mix who never left his cage, slept on a concrete floor and was fed dog food, bread and hot dogs once per day. In the wild, bears forage and eat constantly. Eastwood and McNamara both put pressure on Bass to either hand over Ben or improve his living quarters.