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 27 April 2011, a three-man team from our Tam Dao Rescue Centre brought home another bear from Tho Xuan District, Thanh Hoa Province, about five hours drive from Tam Dao.
External Affairs Officer Dr The, Bear Worker Tuan and Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen rescued this young, female moon bear weighing approximately 70-80kg following an alert from Environment Nature Vietnam about a tip-off received through their hotline.
According to Tho Xuan Forest Protection Department (FPD), about four years ago a local family rescued a bear seen floating down the river on a small barge. The family kept the bear as a pet and didn't realise that it was against the law to keep her without a microchip and registration documentation.
Tho Xuan FPD confiscated the bear plus the cage from the owner about three weeks ago. The hand-over to the Animals Asia team went well and, thanks to the cooperation of Thanh Hoa and Tho Xuan FPD, the team was able to complete the rescue and be back on the road home within three hours. Vietnam National TV station, VTV1 filmed the rescue and it was scheduled to air on Monday 2 May.
This lovely bear, now nicknamed Xuan Giang (Xuan river) seemed to be in good condition, but underweight, at the time of rescue. A full health-check will be carried out by our on-site vet Kirsty after Xuan Giang has settled in at the rescue centre.
Xuan Giang looks on anxiously as the rescue transfer begins.
Special thanks to Dr The for liaison with the FPD and to Bear Worker Tuan for overseeing and directing the safe transfer of Xuan Giang from FPD's cage to our transport cage in the midst of a large crowd of bustling onlookers.
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