Our Vietnam sanctuary may be in the tropics but winter is still coming, and Ricky's determined to soak up all the remaining sun between then and now.
When Animals Asia established its first bear rescue centre in China in the year 2000, it's hard to imagine the nervousness of founder Jill Robinson and her team. Because only bears can show you if a bear sanctuary is fit for purpose.
Animals in adverts and even in stores have become increasingly prevalent in China as outlets opt to use our furry friends as a sales gimmick. However, one Chinese mall is determined to buck the trend – agreeing that animals should be in the wild, not in TV studios or shops.
Rescuers, turned away on a first attempt to save a moon bear, returned to finish the job and finally bring beautiful Honey home.
Moon bear Mara has grown up at our Vietnam sanctuary having arrived in 2007 as a cub. She knows all the best toys and where the best treats are hidden - and best of all, she has never known the horror of a bear bile farm.
In 2005, the numbers of bears Vietnamese bile farms was increasing. To close down farms, the bears needed a place to go - somewhere safe, somewhere with people to care for them. But no such place existed.