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).
23 December 2010: The Vietnam rescue team arrived home last night from a long 1,500 km road trip to Hue province to collect our latest family addition, a lovely female sun bear named Rot (pronounced Zote, meaning “sweetie”).
Rot was smuggled across the border from Laos by her timber merchant owner as a 2kg cub in 2007. She recently injured the owner's wife a number of times, so she was transferred to a roadside restaurant for display.
The young bear was kept alone, in a cage between two large highway restaurants, and only 50m from Highway One, an extremely busy, dusty and loud road - her life was far from peaceful! She was fed restaurant scraps only, including a daily diet of cakes. Fortunately, she came to the attention of the Hue Forestry Protection Department (FPD) and, as she was unregistered and un-chipped, they confiscated her.
The rescue went well - after a slightly precarious start transferring Rot out of her cage through a small door and across a rather large drop. Vet Kirsty gave her a quick health check and discovered both upper canines to be fractured and badly infected, with pus draining freely from the canals of both teeth. These will be extracted when Rot undergoes her full health check at the rescue centre.
River crossing: definitely a first for Rot and for the team on a rescue trip.
In the meantime, this lovely girl has been started on antibiotics, a healthy diet without cakes, and lots of peace and quiet.
Thanks to the rescue team – Vet Kristy, Vietnam Director Tuan B, Bear Worker Tuan BW, drivers and External Affairs Manager The – and to the team in Tam Dao for their preparation and late-night welcome home for little Rot.
Sun bear Rot, three years in captivity, then passed on for display at a noisy, roadside restaurant.
Anaesthetised and in safe hands - the first steps on the way to a new life at the Tam Dao rescue centre.
Safely home, Rot settles into tranquil quarantine with warm straw and browse to play with.