Six Suffering Bears are Now Safe from Bile Farm
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Animals Asia Foundation
December 2017

Holly, Tim, Mia, Mana, Manu, and Anh Sang are safe at last. They’ve experienced more kindness and love in the past five days than they’ve been shown in their entire lives.

Thanks to your generous support, the six suffering moon bears we wrote to you about last week are now safely at our sanctuary in Vietnam.

After a gruelling four-day rescue mission, Holly, Tim, Mia, Mana, Manu, and Anh Sang are safe at last. They’ve experienced more kindness and love in the past five days than they’ve been shown in their entire lives.

Meet the six beautiful bears your love and kindness helped to save…

moon bears

Our emergency response team arrived at the bear bile farm on Friday morning to scenes that would make you weep.

Six sets of terrified brown eyes watched our rescue team fearfully through rusty cage bars. To them, humans meant only one thing… pain.

As rescuers offered gifts of honey and strawberry sauce to gain their trust, the terrible damage and abuse inflicted on these beautiful bears was clear to see:

  • Holly - Missing her left forepaw and most of her left hind paw.
  • Manu - He’s in the best shape of all, we think he may be young.
  • Tim - Very skinny, with scarring to his head, and a misshapen eye. Very stressed and traumatised.
  • Mia - A bald spot on her forehead from rubbing against cage bars through stress, we think she may have sore and damaged teeth as she’s having trouble eating.
  • Mana - Almost certainly blind, with head wounds from rubbing on the cage bars.
  • Anh Sang (means ‘Light’ in Vietnamese) - Sparse fur on her tummy, deeply fearful. Here’s a clip of rescuers trying to coax her out of her prison. She was terrified…

But away from the farm, their wounds tended to, and their pain relieved, the bears’ hidden personalities have already begun to emerge.

Manu is a little gentleman who knows how to take it easy. Every time the rescue teams went to check on him at the back of the truck, he was lying on his back, relaxing, legs in the air!

And Tim’s enthusiasm for browse and leaves, melts our hearts. It’s sad to think that this is probably the only green he has touched for a decade. But just look at the pure joy a simple banana leaf brings to our brave boy...

This time last week, these bears didn’t have a single friend in the world. But today, they are so lucky to have a very special friend in you. Thank you for all you do for Asia’s abused animals.


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