Binh Duong bears arrive at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre
The trucks carrying 19 bears to their new lives at our sanctuary at Tam Dao National Park, pulled up at the gates yesterday afternoon just before 3.30pm.
In pouring rain, the teams went to work, moving the containers off the truck-beds and onto the ground. Then it was time for the veterinary and bear management teams to do what they do best – assessing the bears’ condition after their last few confusing days, welcoming them with nutritious, healthy shakes, and settling them in for their first night at their new home.
After three days on the road, the trucks arrive at Tam Dao with their precious cargo.
The containers again have to be hoisted by crane and removed from the truck-beds.
Vietnam vet, Kirsty, sent an update shortly after the arrival:
“The bears arrived safely and all containers are on the ground. Tuan [Vietnam Director], Duc, Tuan [Bear Worker] and everybody else involved did such a good job getting them here, and then getting them off the trucks - not a simple feat!
The bears are absolutely beautiful – all of them took fruit and fruit shakes, and most ate some dinner as well. There are a few with little concerns – one has what looks like a distended abdomen, two with eye problems, two with a stumpy front leg each, one with a short tongue and one with an injured tongue. A few of them were very stressed with all the moving and noise, but others were quite relaxed.
It poured with rain the whole time but the teams were all amazing and it went relatively smoothly. We will be able to tell you a lot more once we have had a good look at them in the daylight tomorrow.”
Read more about the arrival yesterday in Chinh’s Rescue Diary.