Thanks to private and corporate donors, the 6-year-old grizzly bear moved from a small concrete and wire enclosure to almost a half-acre natural habitat. After being rescued in 2009, Bam Bam has become a visitor favorite with his hide-and-seek antics and love of his soaking pool. But now, he has been updraded to an in-ground swimming pool and a waterfall.
"I think he's pretty darn excited. As a matter of fact, I think if Bam Bam could talk he would say 'Whoa! Such a deal,'" said Arnold Fagin, a supporter and contributor of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge since 1994.
Photojournalist Erin Gilleece was there for the grand opening celebration Sunday morning, so check out the video to see Bam Bam feel grass between his paws for the first time!