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On Friday 3 October 2008, we went to Soc Son to rescue one remaining bear. Daisy, a female Sun bear weighing about 60Kg had been there since January this year.
As with most of our bears, it's very difficult to get a full history but Daisy is known to have come from a bear farm in Ha Tay Province. This province is notorious for its bear farms and, only 30km from Hanoi, it has the highest number of farmed bears in Vietnam.
Official records showed Daisy, age unknown, was abandoned on a property run by the Army, at least since the beginning of 2007. She only became known to Ha Tay FPD when they were contacted by the Army requesting them to take her. She was rescued and brought to Soc Son at the beginning of this year.
Daisy was very aggressive when she first arrived in Soc son and her carers there had to attach steel plates around her cage to stop her attacking people walking by. These were eventually removed and we found Daisy in a small cage within a cage.
She is a little less aggressive but seemed a little confused also, which our vet team in Tam Dao suspect may be the result of vision problems. We won’t know for sure until she has had a full health check next week.
Daisy’s diet at Soc Son consisted of a daily feed of congee - cooked rice with mixed vegetable and pork – and she was occasionally given bread and water melon. Since arriving, Daisy has discovered the wonderful taste of honey and subsequently refused to eat her mazuri (special bear food) without it! We are looking forward to introducing her to more exciting new tastes - nutritious fresh fruit, stinky tofu and delicious shakes - and to helping her settle in and relax in her new home.
Daisy was kept in a cage within a cage to protect passers-by from her aggressive behaviour on arrival at Soc Son.
Looking to the future: our vet team suspects that Daisy may suffer from impaired vision, a cause of anxiety for this lonesome little bear, and a possible trigger for her defensive behaviour.