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More youngsters for the Moon Bear Rescue Centre, Vietnam
Last Wednesday 15 April, the Vietnam team was successful in rescuing two more moon bear cubs (one male and one female) from Chiem Hoa District in Tuyen Quang Province about a three hour drive North of Tam Dao. Each cub weighs around 3kg and for now they have been named Maggie and Damo!
The cubs were discovered to be dehydrated and were given fluids to recover.
Despite his toughness, Damo still prefers the comfort of taking his milk from a bottle.
The cubs were found on an old farm that used to have bears, and following a tip-off the Environmental Police (EP) raided the farm on Sunday afternoon. They confiscated the cubs and brought them back to the District Forestry Protection Department (FPD) station in Chiem Hoa. The EP is currently investigating to find out where the cubs came from and believe that they arrived at the bear farm only very recently.
According to Vet Leanne and Senior Bear Manager Bec, who travelled with Tuan, our Vietnam Director, to recover the cubs, they are both in good health. Initially one of the cubs seemed quite weak but the team was relieved when they realised that this was because of the heat and a lack of water and not because of sickness or disease. The cubs very soon livened up after being rehydrated and checked by Leanne and Bec, and once they were satisfied they were fit to travel the team set off for the return trip to Tam Dao.
Overall it was a long day, with lots of official criteria to be covered and Maggie and Damo arrived with the team back at Tam Dao at 6.30pm. The cubs have settled in nicely over the past few days and their individual personalities are starting to show.
An update from Bec over the weekend:
“These two are very sweet indeed, and two very different characters. Maggie is very shy and laps milk from her bowl, clearing up every last drop very quickly. She plays with us quite gently, although is starting to come out of her shell a little more each day.
Damo on the other hand is very energetic, and plays very rough – we are covered in scratches and bite marks!! He prefers to have a little banana in his milk, which we are weaning him off, but still won’t lap from a bowl, preferring to take his milk from a bottle.”
Both cubs are now getting used to their new routine and we’ll keep you updated on their progress.
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Bear Manager Bec sets about examining the cubs on arrival at Tuyen Quang FPD station.
The cubs are very young and weigh in at around only 3 kg each.
Bec and Vet Leanne check to make sure the cubs are fit to travel.
Gentle Maggie reveals her shy side on arrival at Tam Dao.
Damo meantime gets a good grip on Bec while settling in to his new home.