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On the last day of July, our small group of bears at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao, Vietnam, grew by one, with the rescue of a young male bear from a future of pain on a bear farm.
Following a check of all bear farms in Yen Bai Province by the Yen Bai Forest Protection Department (FPD), this bear was found to be un-microchipped and therefore illegally kept. All bears kept on farms in Vietnam must be registered and microchipped.
As the rescue proceeded, members of our Animals Asia Vietnam Bear Team, Tuan and Nguyen, took charge and managed the removal and care of the bear on the long trip back to the rescue centre. Unfortunately, they were unable to move him into the transport cage for the trip without anaesthetising him, but Dr The, the veterinarian from the government’s Soc Son Rescue Centre, handled this very well, and our bear recovered relatively quickly.
Fortunately, thanks to Tuan and Nguyen’s skill and experience, this little bear was very calm and friendly throughout the trip, almost as if he knew that his life was changing and that he was now on his way to a safe place.
The Vietnam team carefully carry their precious cargo away from the misery of life on a bear farm.
Once back at the rescue centre, the on-site staff took over to move him into quarantine and settle him down for his first evening home. Vet Leanne continues the story:
“Our newest bear arrived safe and sound at the rescue centre at around quarter to six this evening, after a long drive from Yen Bai Province in Northern Vietnam! Duc, Tuan and Nguyen did a fantastic job as all seemed to have gone really smoothly. He’s a lovely young male, three years old (has been kept by the ‘owner' since he was 15kg, some three years ago). He is quite small for his age – the guys estimate around 90kg, but we can confirm his weight later when he’s settled in.
Yen Bai is moved into the quarantine area for observation and recovery time.
“He was a little bit anxious on arrival, very alert and curious about the sights and sounds of his new home. After a little bit of growling as he was unloaded from the truck, he settled down quite quickly in the quarantine poly-tunnel, and happily accepted the tasty fruit pieces offered to him. Bear manager, Belinda had cut up dragon fruit, mango, watermelon and apple, none of which he turned his little nose up at! I think he’s going to be a lovely, friendly boy.”
Our Vietnamese staff spent some time considering – and debating – an appropriate Vietnamese “den name” for this little bear before he gets his real name from his sponsor, and finally decided to name him "Yen Bai" – as a reminder of his place of rescue and the other bears that remain behind.
Yen Bai is settling in well and making loyal friends among the staff with his endearing personality and big moon bear ears!
Our first look at Yen Bai, trapped in a barren, rusting cage.
Yen Bai is anaethetised in order to move him safely to his transport cage.
The Tam Dao team are out in force to take care of the new arrival.
Quickly settling in, Yen Bai's clearly gentle demeanour shows through.