Balancing your big moon bear behind on a tiny branch way above our China sanctuary is far from snoozeworthy. But for tree-climber extraordinaire Wang Cai, it’s not worth losing sleep over. In fact there’s nothing he likes more than a nap at altitude.
One year ago today we lost Oliver - a bear who refused to give up despite 30 years in a cage facing daily bile extractions.
Animals Asia’s suggestion to Danang city leaders that plans to build a dolphinarium would be suicidal for the city have hit Vietnamese newspaper front pages.
Trapped inside a cage barely bigger than your body. Standing, sitting and lying in your own excrement. Having to fight for a share of what little food and water there is.
When Dick arrived, he was emaciated – weighing a sickly 96.5kg. Several hundred kilos of fruit and veggies later and he tips the scales at a whopping 198kg, making him nearly the largest bear at the China sanctuary.
They spent decades in tiny cages on bear bile farms before they were rescued – now these bears trust their carers so much, they’ll willingly step back into a cage.
When New Yorker Kai Madden is wearing a sodden and muddy bear suit and taking a second, third and fourth run at a steep wall – his mind is with 10,000 bears caged in China by bear bile farms.