City approves ‘Meatball’ the bear parade float

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Meatball the bear in swimming pool at sanctuary

Meatball the bear in swimming pool at sanctuary (Photo credit: Lions, Tigers & Bears Sanctuary)

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — A problem bear that gained a nickname and celebrity by stealing frozen meatballs from a Southern California garage freezer will be depicted on a 2014 Rose Parade float.

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday approved a city float that depicts a mechanical Meatball the bear popping up and down from a trashcan, wearing the lid as a hat.

The float design is called “Let’s Be Neighbors” and includes other wildlife, including a skunk and coyote.

The foothill suburb has appropriated $155,000 and is seeking public donations for the city’s 100th entry in neighboring Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses.

Meatball was captured last year and sent back to the Angeles National Forest but he kept returning to Glendale. After the third time, he was shipped to a sanctuary in Alpine.

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