It’s just over a week since another devastating earthquake hit the province of Sichuan. Less than 100 miles away in Chengdu, our sanctuary rooms shook and it was inconceivable to think that villages around Ya'an at the epicentre were being devastated for the second time in under five years.
That dark, dirty room, stinking of faeces and infection, and you all peering grimly into the gloom from your "coffin" cages. I remember my chest tightening with fear coming so close to such large and intimidating bears, but then recoiling in horror, a lightning bolt of shock to my heart, witnessing animals so clearly in pain.
These past few weeks have been beyond crazy with back-to-back presentations and events in the UK and USA. There’s also been a lot happening with regard to the amazing progress of our newly rescued bears.
Our UK team has been keeping warm over the chilly winter months by organising some fabulous events for 2013. Let me hand over to Fiona in our UK office to fill you in on on what's coming up.
I am delighted to pass over my Blog today to Christa, our Germany Director – and my endless thanks to Denise in Luxembourg for her years of passion and help for the bears. She, like so many friends across the globe, has been moved by the story of our recent rescue in China and has inspired the students of the Robert Schumann School in Luxembourg to rally behind the bears. They have done an amazing job as you can read from Christa here
It's official - Chinese and US (NBA) basketball legend, Yao Ming, has a heart as big as China..... and he is twice as lovely too.
Just a simple but heartfelt message from all in the team to say how much we love you for loving and helping the bears, dogs, cats and all animals of Asia....
Just recently we had a special guest along for a Dr Dog visit in Chengdu - UK actor Peter Egan who had come over to see the bears (particularly his namesake, newly rescued Peter bear) but then readily agreed to join us in a trip to see some elderly folk at Xi Shu Rui Yuan community at this very special time of Chinese New Year.
To hear vet Monica talking to camera in the surgery about our gorgeous Oliver while he was gently sleeping on the operating table was like listening to the worst kind of horror film.