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Forestry Protection Department saves the littlest bear yet
5 May 2009
Baby bear Taurus gets a gentle health check at Dien Bien.
Ready to hit the road, driver Quang gets to know his new passenger.
Mausi and Mara in 2007, filthy, undernourished and stressed out.
On Tuesday 5 May, Vietnam Director and Vet Leanne arrived at the Forestry Protection Department (FPD) at Dien Bien to recover another cub, rescued from traffickers and now orphaned.
This is a little male cub, weighing in at only 2.3kg – the smallest bear we have taken on to date. The Dien Bien FPD (which does not have an animal-holding facility), contacted Animals Asia with their concerns about the cub, as he was apparently very stressed on arrival, vocalizing, not settling and not thriving. Our vet team sent over their Cub Care Guide by fax to assist with his care and help the FPD team with his recovery.
Arriving at Dien Bien, Tuan and Leanne were delighted to find the tiny cub, now named Taurus, very well looked after and calm. As Leanne reports, the FPD had done a tremendous job of looking after him:
“We are overwhelmed at the care the FPD had given to this little guy – he’s in excellent condition! The FPD rangers really looked after him well, following our guidelines to a T - when we arrived he was just finishing a bottle of milk, lovingly prepared and given to him by one of the female rangers. They've been feeding him five times a day, with one of the recommended baby milk formulas. He was in a great location - very quiet, and private, and he's really calm.”
The FPD team in Dien Bien deserves so much thanks and recognition for the care they've shown to this cub. They all really developed a relationship with him - seeing him as a real little individual - and we are pleased to see the co-operation between us continue to grow and improve. The fact the FPD followed our care guide so carefully, and witnessed the rapid improvement in Taurus because of it, has also helped strengthen their trust in Animals Asia.
This is a great improvement from when we arrived at the same FPD in 2007 to find Mausi, Mara and Olly in such poor condition, being kept out in the car park, so stressed, filthy and thin. Just a wonderful step in the right direction, in terms of the rangers' appreciation of each animal as an individual personality, and the difference they can make by implementing simple changes in the way they care for confiscated animals.
After completing the official requirements, the team set off back to Tam Dao with Taurus and are now busy settling him in at his new home.
Back at Tam Dao, Taurus is settling in comfortably.
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