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Recent Blog Posts

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.


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.



2008年01月23日, 12:00下午 |



SOS – Knitters needed

2008年01月17日, 09:39上午 |

With the mercury plummeting to well below freezing here in chilly Chengdu and our first big batch of rescued bears due to arrive in Vietnam any time now, our vet team has a very special request – we need warm paw mittens for our bears. When the bears are anaesthetised and brought in to the surgery for check-ups it’s important that we keep them warm and comfortable with a temperature of around 37 degrees C. So if any of you out there are handy with a pair of knitting needles, you may like to get creative and help to keep our lovely bears’ paws warm and toasty.


An auspicious year ahead

2008年01月16日, 20:33下午 |

Before giving you an update on our current bear programmes, please, on behalf of all in the Animals Asia team, can I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year – and the best of everything in 2008. With our 10th anniversary looming on 8 August 2008, and the Chinese lucky number “8” featuring prominently in this auspicious date, we feel that this is going to be a special year ahead.



2008年01月15日, 12:00下午 |

Hi everyone. Welcome to this long-awaited blog! In fact the idea for a blog has been on the drawing board for a couple of years but there never seems enough hours in the day to actually sit down and get it started. Clearly there’s only one way to do this and that’s just to dive in – so here goes.