The person who submitted the highest EBay bid for a package of memorabilia commemorating Glendale's most famous bear, “Meatball,” never expected to win, but when she did, she gave some of the items back.
For San Diego resident Pamela Ricci, her $2,000 bid was more about raising money for the wildlife sanctuary that's become the bear's permanent home than getting to keep the collectibles.
In August, state officials took the now-500-pound bear to a San Diego County sanctuary after he snacked on food in local trash cans and roamed foothill neighborhoods for months. The sanctuary, Lions, Tigers & Bears, held the auction to make money for Meatball's new $250,000 habitat.
There was one item, though, that Ricci wanted to keep: Meatball's large blue paw print.
When she got it in the mail last week, the self-proclaimed animal-lover had to keep herself from hugging it so as not to wrinkle the paper. Her daughter, a preschool teacher, stroked the paw print that reminded her of a kid's art project.