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Recent Blog Posts

The horrors of Maoshan – Part 1

2008年02月04日, 21:34下午 |

Recently, I visited Maoshan Live Animal Market in Guangzhou with two of our China team, Christie and Rainbow. Such visits are probably the hardest part of our work at Animals Asia, but they’re also among the most important. We must keep monitoring this situation and exposing the truth about these hell-holes. These are my notes from the visit:

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Thank you! Paws now snug and warm!

2008年02月02日, 16:50下午 |

Grateful thanks to everyone who rose to the knitting challenge, feverishly creating beautiful mittens for our bears to keep them snug and warm in surgery! It’s no exaggeration to say that we have been inundated with mitts and truly touched by the kindness of you all who heard our plea. We have so many (and lots still coming apparently!) that there may be enough to send to other bear groups working in the field – it’s just wonderful that so many bears in so many countries can now benefit from people thousands of miles away who listened and responded to our cry for help.

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Goodbye gentle Willow

2008年02月01日, 16:55下午 |

I still believe in miracles, but today the miracle went to someone else. As we held Willow’s paws, while Heather injected the fluid that would end his life, we wept. It hardly seems a week ago to the day when we were all so hopeful as this brave bear was into his third day of recovering from the massive tumour removed from his liver.

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US doctors speak out

2008年01月29日, 15:07下午 |

In December 2007, full-page reports appeared over three days in Hong Kong's Chinese-language Wen Wei Po newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Government in Hong Kong. The reporter undertook a four-month undercover investigation with the help of Animals Asia, and wrote a series of features that exposed the true horrors of bear farming today.

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Three-legged friends

2008年01月27日, 10:07上午 |

Lovely Simba is continuing to make a big impression on his fellow residents at the sanctuary. Here he is meeting Kevin, who is also three-legged. As you can see, Kevin’s not too sure what to make of this little golden scallywag, but he’s clearly enthralled!

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Brave souls

2008年01月26日, 19:03下午 |

A few days ago, I offered to foster three-legged Simba in my room. A little golden cross-breed, Simba was brought into the Chengdu bear sanctuary by his owner after he’d been run over by a car and badly hurt his back right leg. Theoretically a bear sanctuary rather than a dog and cat rescue centre, we do offer the occasional “outreach” programme for times like this where animals are clearly in pain or distress.

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So far, so good

2008年01月25日, 23:23下午 |

The best sight in the world yesterday was walking in to the hospital recovery room and watching Willow eagerly slurping his fruity shake from the hands of our beaming vet, Heather. Bright and alert and standing on all four paws in his recovery cage, Willow is now on his third day of a new life following the removal of a 4.3-kg tumour from his liver.

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Willow, our miracle bear

2008年01月24日, 21:16下午 |

Yesterday's health check saw our faces drop as we turned Willow over onto his back on the surgery table. Not visible when he was joyfully tearing around in his enclosure the day before, now we were looking at all the evidence of liver cancer, as an ominous swelling appeared where his right liver lobe would be. Suspicion had been mounting in previous weeks as it appeared that Willow was losing weight and had a dull-looking coat. Nothing more indicated that anything was wrong – certainly not in his demeanour, which saw him bombing through the grass with his friends, enjoying giddy games of play and clearly unperturbed by and ignorant of the growth that was killing him inside.

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Stop press

2008年01月23日, 12:00下午 |

Thank you all so much for knitting mitts for our Chinese bears - just a quick message to respond to some queries on materials to be used. Please feel free to use anything you like so long as it is machine washable and doesn't shrink in the dryer - and, of course, no fur. Really anything that will provide a layer on the bears' feet (we're just using small towels at the moment but they're not the most effective and of course are hard on our washing machine). More later on the fabulous response - and again thank you from us all.

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熊掌手套答疑

2008年01月23日, 12:00下午 |

非常感谢大家为我们的黑熊精心编制的熊掌手套,在此特别简短地回答大家关于手套编织材料的几个疑问。您可以选择任何喜欢的材料编织,只要可以机洗,不缩水,而且当然不能是皮毛。只要能够给黑熊的掌提供一个温暖的保护层。目前我们使用的是小毛巾,但效果并不大好,而且洗过之后质地很硬。若您还有疑问,稍后我会告诉大家我们的支持者对于编织手套积极响应的情况,最后再次感谢您的帮助。

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