years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Arriving at the Vietnam Moon Bear Rescue Centre in June 2008, Irwin Junior and his brother Yin Yang were very little bears with very big fears. In the hands of a smuggler suspected of trafficking them from Laos to a bile farm in Vietnam, the cubs had been confined to a hidden compartment under a bus for many hours. They were confiscated by the local Forestry Protection Department (FPD), who called Animals Asia to offer them sanctuary.
Since their arrival at the rescue centre in Tam Dao, mischief-maker Irwin Jnr and his partner in crime Yin Yang, have absolutely thrived and have developed into healthy, strong and rambunctious young bears. On the go constantly, Irwin Jnr leads the entertainment each day – playing with everything he can get his hands on, wrestling, climbing and generally causing chaos.
If a picture paints a thousand words, the photos below of Irwin Jnr paint a portrait of a bear who has grown into his personality, better than any words we can use.
Curious but a little shy as a cub, Irwin Jnr continues to find all new things of great interest.
There’s that look again – Irwin Jnr may have grown physically but that mischievous glint in his eye remains the same!
Previously outsized by a banana leaf, the cubs soon found their feet, moving to the “big bears’ house” after five months.
A true ambassador for moon bears in Vietnam, Irwin Jnr is bursting with energy and the joy of life.
Click here to find out more about our Befriend a Bear programme.