For at least 17 years until her rescue, one innocent animal lived inside a tiny box, with no chance to be properly cared for, any sanitation or opportunities for socialisation with others of her kind. She had spent her entire life in isolation against her will as a source for bile extractions. She is a bile farm bear, who typically remain in cramped cages their whole lives until their death.
The practice of extracting bile from bears was condemned and ruled as an illegal and inhumane practice in Vietnam since 1992, but many farms still operate unchecked. Captured or raised in captivity, most of these innocent bears die in the end due to poor health, starvation or malnutrition. But this particular bear’s fate was not going to become a tragic one. Thanks to a dispatched rescue team by Animals Asia, staff had quickly cut the chains which was wrapped around her cage. As they tended to the weak bear, they needed to act fast.
According to their Facebook page, the female bear they rescued on that day marked the 200th bear Animals Asia has rescued in Vietnam since their operation. As they drove her to a new location for proper emergency medical treatment, they offered her, now nicknamed ‘Moon’, a banana and some leaves to munch on. It was the first time she had ever experienced human kindness.
Heidi Quine, who was Animals Asia’s Vietnam bear and vet team director, remarked: “Once we have a chance to assess her health properly and observe her behavior further, we’ll have a better idea of how long she may need before she is ready to step out onto grass.” The bear has been reported to be in the midst of recuperating, and is slowly adjusting to proper life as an ordinary bear.
Watch the amazing rescue in the video below!
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