TV documentary focuses on Animals Asia bear worker

25 July 2014

Film crew

An Animals Asia Bear Worker has been chosen as the subject of a TV documentary series aired on Chinese television.

The 12-part documentary shows the many faces of Chengdu province by following the lives of inspiring individuals.

After visiting Animals Asia’s China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, the production company decided to cover a day in the life of Animals Asia bear worker Ou Jun.

Ou Jun explains his daily routine

Ou Jun said:

"Working in CBRC brings me so much joy. When I see the sick bears finally recovered and living a happy life, I'm filled with pride that I'm part of the team and have done something good for them. It’s been an honour to participate in the filming on behalf of the whole Bear & Vet Team. As a member of this big family, I was very proud to introduce what we do to the public, and really hope more people can join us."

The documentary draws a clear line from Animals Asia’s work in Chengdu back to legendary Chinese medicinal doctor and folk hero Sun Simiao from the Dang Dynasty. Said to have spent much of his life in Chengdu and nicknamed "the King of Medicine", Sun taught that animal products should not be used in Chinese medicine – instead advocating herbal alternatives.

Ou Jun's work is likened to historical herbalist

Animals Asia founder and CEO, Jill Robinson said:

“We’re thrilled that the hard work of our staff is being recognised in a documentary. These guys are the real unsung heroes, caring for the bears 365 days a year. It’s also encouraging to know that the content of the TV show was approved at a government level. It gives us confidence that our work is appreciated and that we’re all moving in the right direction together.”

Then Animals Asia episode of the 12 part documentary was aired over the summer months.

Follow the link to see the full documentary. The section on Ou Jun's work for Animals Asia begins after 13 minutes.

Ou Jun talks to the camera while scattering enrichment and food