Our lovely friend Professor Marc Bekoff got together with Dr Dame Jane Goodall this week in Denver, Colorado. In the midst of speeches, Jane reached out and signed a beaming Marc’s Animals Asia t-shirt.
After hearing about poor Mafi leaving us, one of our ex-staff members, lovely Anne Marie McGivern, wrote wondering why Mafi didn’t show any obvious signs of being sick:
As visiting ophthalmologists Claudia and David from Animal Health Trust are here with us on site at our sanctuary in Chengdu, so generously giving their time to bring sight back to some of our blind bears, these days were meant to be filled with wonder and joy as bears such as Snoopy will hopefully be able see for the very first time.
The dreaded “policeman’s knock” came at 9.20am on Thursday. It was Jill on the line, her voice trembling slightly: “Oh Ange, I’m so sorry ….” I knew immediately it was Mafi.
I wish you could have been at the Sichuan Hotel this weekend, hearing the leaders of 49 animal-welfare groups and 18 vet clinics across China speaking about the successes and struggles of rescuing animals, caring for animals – and giving animals their voice.
With generous funding from major sponsors Humane Society International (HSI), we were able to fund flights and accommodation for the delegates – almost none of whom would have been
Why does it always happen like this? Just when we celebrate the life of a bear (Jasper’s this week), we lose the life of one we hold so dear. Mafi's behaviour was typical for this time of year – a semi-dormancy, which sees the bears eating less and sleeping more.
Nic actually bowed as she came into the surgery this morning and Belinda beamed as she held (and smelled) his earthy paw.
Having 170 kids and 20 dogs together in one school was potentially a recipe for chaos and it almost seemed like that at first glance. But as our Professor Paws Fun Day finally got under way, it soon became clear that kids and dogs alike were having a ball – while learning at the same time.
So many people have followed blind Wilfred's story from when he first arrived with us in March 2008. Affectionately known as "Watermelon" because it was the only thing he would eat after being offloaded from the truck, this gorgeous boy is a profound example of how bears heal and forgive after being abused and deprived on the hell-hole farms.
PS: Judy Blythe, one of our brilliant volunteers who was out here helping to care for Wilfred, saw the last blog and couldn't help herself, gushing about this gorgeous boy. Poodley (now Haribo) is also doing brilliantly well today.