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Recent Blog Posts

Little earthquake hero safe from cull

2009年02月20日, 00:35上午 |

Tuesday was Senior Bear Manager Nic's birthday - and the day of the big move. Brown bear Caesar and Tibetan browns Benji and Poupouce were being prepared to be transferred into their new specially designed enclosures which would cater to their different characteristics, compared with the moon bear type enclosures where they currently live. Substantially larger than the Asiatic black bears, Caesar, Benji and Poupouce have a propensity for digging - especially in the colder weather. Caesar, as you may have read in a previous blog, was a master at this and dug for China, often proudly surveying her "den" after an afternoon's work, which would fit six grown men.


Major victory for dogs in Vietnam

2009年02月19日, 00:16上午 |

I’ll never forget filming dogs being slaughtered in a restaurant in Hanoi several years ago. For two long hours I silently cried on the inside, while making a pathetic attempt to look calm on the outside, so that the people slaughtering the dogs would really believe that I was writing a travel brochure on the delights of “exotic” food in Vietnam.


Harriet draws press attention

2009年02月15日, 00:00上午 |

I was thrilled to see in Hong Kong's popular Sunday Morning Post today an article about our generous high-profile supporter Harriet Tung, who was on site for our latest rescue. You can read Harriet's frank interview here.


Jen and Bear

2009年02月11日, 23:51下午 |

Our gorgeous Jen, who worked as our Vet in Vietnam, recently married her very own “Bear”.


The horror continues

2009年02月09日, 00:00上午 |

Despite our new bears having better body condition than those we received last March, the emergency health-checks are showing all too clearly the problems that the bear farmers are attempting to disguise.


13 more bears arrive 'home'

2009年02月07日, 19:22下午 |

The air was full of anticipation and excitement – it always is when new bears arrive. First you feel elated that animals that have been slowly wasting away in cages, tortured by the extractors of their bile, will soon be released from their suffering. And then you feel sick to your stomach, knowing that the odds will be against some of them and they will arrive with us too late.


Farewell our googly Chris

2009年02月03日, 20:52下午 |

Just when I’d written about Chris’s new lease on life, things took a turn for the worse.


A new lease on life for Chris

2009年01月29日, 09:51上午 |

This was a bear who originally had a belly full of pus and a hernia the size of a football. I'll never forget Chris arriving at our door on the 10th of June 2002 from a bear farm in Dujiangyan.


Wise words on an emotive subject

2009年01月27日, 13:48下午 |

Writing about animal emotions after enjoying the London pantomime, “The Jungle Book”, the other week it seemed appropriate to reflect on the thoughts of two very special people who have championed animal emotions for decades.


Farewell Little Eddie

2009年01月23日, 17:26下午 |

Something told me in vet Leanne’s voice that it was going to be bad news. I’d returned to Hong Kong at the weekend for meetings this week and was dreading a call from the team as they went back to the dog rescue centre on Tuesday.