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).
Leading UK veterinary surgeon Professor Dick White has once again flown to Chengdu to offer his help with a very sick bear who needed a specialist hernia operation.
The bear in question is Kroenchen, who was suffering from a recurrent hernia that has had four previous repairs. In the past, the repairs broke down because there was insufficient muscle available to hold them. Professor White of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School had met Kroenchen when he was visiting Chengdu before, so Animals Asia asked him to return to repair the hernia using a prolene mesh, which is permanent. The mesh is sewn into place over the hernia ring and over time, Kroenchen’s own tissue will integrate with the mesh and form a strong repair.
Kroenchen now faces a few months' recuperation to minimise the risk of recurrence, but with her hernia repaired, she will soon be able to enjoy life to the full once more.
So we owe a big thank you to Professor White for donating his very valuable time and expertise. He also appeared on British TV on his return to talk about his latest trip and to spread the word about the plight of the moon bears.