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Bear Na Arrived in Our Sanctuary

From FourPawsUSA.org
November 2023

Na has already started her 30 days in quarantine and is gradually introduced to her new life. She is fed three times per day, has of course continuous access to fresh water, enjoys several daily enriching activities, receives comfortable bedding, and trust begins to build between her and her caretakers.

Bear Na

Na has already started her 30 days in quarantine and is gradually introduced to her new life. She is fed three times per day, has of course continuous access to fresh water, enjoys several daily enriching activities, receives comfortable bedding, and trust begins to build between her and her caretakers. At the moment, her favourite foods are dragon fruit and morning glory (a type of water spinach), and she will choose these over everything else.

We have also performed a thorough veterinary check on Na. The anaesthesia went very well but numerous health issues were spotted as a result of the years of horrible keeping conditions. Na has cardiac disease due to her dental problems. We had to remove several infected teeth. Na also had a severe cataract in her left eye, creating enough discomfort for her to rub one side of her head so much she has lost the fur in that area. We had to remove her left eye to relive her from this pain.

Certainly, Na has a long list of ailments. However, we remain optimistic for her recovery as many of our rescued bears have a good quality of life whilst managing the same conditions. Under the continued expert care of our bear caretakers and veterinary team, there is greater dignity and quality of life waiting than she has ever experienced before. Hope for a better future is the reason we worked relentlessly to secure her release. Her life can be so much more than just surviving.

Get better soon, Na. Our sanctuary canít wait to welcome you out of quarantine! 

Poor bear Na had spent 20 years of suffering in a tiny barren cage.

In her past, bear Na was abused for her bile. Itís a cruel procedure in which the bile is extracted from the bladder by a needle to be used for medicinal purposes. Her whole life, Na was treated as a product. Her keepers didnít even bother to name her Ė Na is the name we have given her (it means sugar apple) in the hopes we will be able to give her a new name and a new life.

Na was kept in an awful environment:

  • The cage is barely larger than the size of a small car.
  • Metal bars all around- even on the floor.
  • No drinking water at her disposal.

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