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Photos: Meatball, Glendale's Good-Time Bear, Gets A Rose Parade Float

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The city of Glendale is making sure we don't forget our favorite meatball-munching bear, aptly nicknamed "Meatball," that went on a few escapades in town last year. The city made a float for this year's the Rose Parade depicting the California black bear peeking its head out of a trash can and surrounded by wildlife.

Glendale CA Parks gave a sneak peek at the float in this Twitter photo:

Meatball made headlines when he was found roaming the foothills for food in 2012. He was seen rummaging through garbage cans, stuffing his face with Costco meatballs, and taking a dip in a backyard swimming pool. The popularity of the bear even spawned an amusing Twitter account. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife captured the lovable bear in Aug. 2012 and took him to a San Diego wildlife sanctuary, according to KPCC.

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