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Unveiling of “Andrew” – statue of first rescued Moon Bear
21 May 2007
A 3-metre-high, 300-kilo statue of “Andrew” the first farmed Moon Bear rescued from a life of torture on a bile farm in China will be unveiled at Animals Asia’s Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan on Saturday, 26 May.
The stunning work was donated to Animals Asia by renowned Shanghai sculptor, Tsao Zhi Rong. The statue will be unveiled by Animals Asia’s biggest benefactor, Hong Kong businessman Frank Pong.
Tsao is known throughout China for his monuments to Chairman Mao, including the imposing 8-metre-high statue that stands in front of the entrance to Fudan University in Shanghai. His works normally command high prices in the Mainland’s art world, but Tsao has sculpted three-legged Andrew as a labour of love. He first sculpted a mini-version of the statue, which will be kept at Animals Asia’s headquarters in Hong Kong.
Andrew died a little over a year ago from liver cancer relating to his brutal incarceration on a farm. Animals Asia Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson, said the sculpture had not only captured Andrew’s physical likeness, but also his majestic spirit.
“Andrew was the most generous, forgiving bear, a gentle giant; he looked out for the younger bears and was always there to encourage the distressed new arrivals. He was like a favourite uncle to all the other bears.
“Andrew was a tower of strength to all of us involved in the Moon Bear Rescue, so it’s really fitting that this beautiful statue of him will be looking over the sanctuary for decades to come,” Ms Robinson said.
It was the generosity of Hong Kong industrialist and avid sailor Frank Pong, who set the Moon Bear Rescue in motion back in 2000. Mr Pong donated US$1 million to Animals Asia and his only request was that the first bear rescued was named after his grandson, whose second name was “Andrew”. This will be Mr Pong’s first visit to the Chengdu sanctuary.
The inscription on Andrew’s monument will read, “We are not weaker without you but stronger because of you.”