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).
On 3 August a sun bear cub was transferred to our Vietnam rescue centre from Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre near Hanoi. The cub was one of five cubs seized by Quang Ninh Forest Protection Department about three weeks ago - all originally destined for the illegal trade in China - before being confiscated and transferred to Soc Son.
The months of April to August are what we call ‘cub season’ where we see many cubs being confiscated by the authorities as a result of being trafficked illegally across south-east Asian borders.
These five lucky cubs – four moon bear cubs and one sun bear cub - were being well cared for by the staff at Soc Son with the help and expertise of our vet staff. However, the sun bear cub, now nicknamed Olive, suffered a number of health issues and has been transferred to us for special medical care.
The problems she had on arrival were lameness in her left forelimb, an infected wound on the left side of face, a problem with her left eye, and diarrhoea. Our vet Kirsty Officer together with our bear managers are giving her round-the-clock care and are treating her various ailments. So far, she is responding well to the treatment.
Though still a bit shy and wary of us humans, Olive is getting braver every day, exploring her pen and investigating her toys. And she loves her milk!
She is being housed alone at the moment while she completes her quarantine period, but we hope to introduce her to our other two recently rescued moon bear cubs, Charlie and Xin Xin soon, so she will have playmates.
See Olive explore her new pen – and watch out for her new orangutan friend!
Olive has a number of health issues including an infected wound on the left side of her face.
Though still a bit shy, Olive smiles for the camera and shows us her beautiful face.
Olive is exploring her pen and getting braver everyday. Here she is climbing the stairs.