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Ricky Gervais joins fight to free bear named Little Ricky

2015-01-08 21:00

Pennsylvania — Ricky Gervais has joined the fight to free a female bear that's been an attraction at a central Pennsylvania ice cream shop for nearly two decades.

The actor and creator of The Office encouraged his Facebook followers to sign a petition seeking Little Ricky's release into a wildlife sanctuary. Gervais says having Ricky caged outside the shop near Hallam is heartbreaking.

Four local residents and the nonprofit Animal Legal Defence Fund sued last week for the animal's release. They say the enclosure, with a fenced-in concrete pad and large shed, is inadequate.

Shop owner James McDaniel Jr tells the York Daily Record that the outcry has pushed him toward letting Ricky go.

More than 80 000 people have signed the petition and Gervais' post has been liked and shared more than 20 000 times.

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