Three-year-old Sasha was removed from the Niagara Falls theme park and relocated to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary near Parry Sound, Ont., last year.
"He didn't understand trees, dirt, mud or snow," she said. "It took a while for him to get used to the sound of birds and wolves howling."
But after his winter hibernation, Sasha's confidence grew and he began sharing an area with another bear named Clover.
"He loves people and is a ham," Kingshott said. "He adores his friend Clover and spends a lot of time in the pond. He's everything a bear should be."
Aspen Valley formally adopted Sasha earlier this month. He'll stay there for the rest of his life, which could span over 30 years. He has an acre of forested woodland to explore, as well as a natural den to hibernate in every winter.
Kingshott said Aspen Valley received a call from Ontario's animal welfare services last year, asking if they could take in a bear from Marineland. Getting a request from the agency is not very common, and they had never adopted an animal from the theme park, but agreed to pick Sasha up, she said.