Jigsaw is head over heels in love with leaves

03 October 2016

So many delicious leaves to munch through — it’s all too much for rescued moon bear Jigsaw who is head over heels happy.

There are eight delighted moon bears chowing down on this buffet of juicy leaves, but Jigsaw is taking the joy to a whole new level.

A recent storm knocked down a number of trees in the surroundings of Animals Asia’s Vietnam sanctuary and nature’s loss was the moon bears’ gain.

Bears love leaves — known generally as 'browse' — although they can be a bit fussy, which is wise considering some leaf species can be toxic.

When not being eaten or rolled over, browse is also great for nest-building, another natural moon bear instinct indicative of healthy, happy bears.

It’s part of the daily treats enjoyed by over 150 bears at Animals Asia Vietnam Sanctuary, with the vast majority of bears being rescued from the bear bile industry.

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear and Vet Team Director Heidi Quine said:

“There are 18 bears in House 4 and nearly every last one of them joined in the tree party. It was a pleasure for the bear team to watch as the bears’ relaxed, carefree play shows we’re getting our bear care right.”

Happy #MoonBearMonday everyone!