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|Enclosure at the Sanctuary|
|Full Metal Jacket cast aside|
|closeup of Full metal jacket in use|
|Interaction with other bears is essential to recovery|
|Cesar in Full Metal Jacket|
Photos courtesy of Animals Asia and Jo-Anne McArthur
Known as a gentle peacemaker, happy and handsome moon bear Jasper is known to separate aggressive younger bears when their play gets too rough. Jasper has become somewhat of a “rock star” at our China Bear Rescue Center, with many fans among our supporters. Rescued from a Chinese bile farm in 2001, Jasper had spent years barely able to move, trapped in a “crush” cage with the top section pushed down and rusted in place on top of him. A loveable rascal, Jasper is now a healthy, strong bear who stands six feet tall. Those who take care of him find his capacity for forgiveness profound; amazingly, given the horrific treatment Jasper was subjected to for so many years, he now shows complete trust in his caretakers, even coming when he is called by humans.
Dream, a beautiful moon bear, arrived at our Vietnam Bear Rescue Center in December 2011 after having spent as many as eight years on a bear bile farm in the southern part of the country. Despite missing one front paw, and the other being severely deformed, Dream has had a strong recovery from her initial health challenges. She is now happily living in her own den at River House, where she takes pleasure in climbing up on the platforms to look out at the mountains. She also enjoys lounging in her very own hanging basket bed. Her new existence is a true testament to the bears’ ability to recover from years of excruciating farming, Dream now only has days of peace and freedom to look forward to.
When we first met Oliver he had lived thirty years, the entire natural lifespan of a bear, in a cage while being painfully farmed for his bile with the use of a metal jacket and catheter. Oliver, a brown bear, now happily spends his days meandering around his enclosure at Animals Asia’s China Bear Rescue Center, splashing in his much-loved rock pool, and foraging for food. There was a moment during Oliver’s rescue when we weren’t sure he would survive the trip home. On the four-day journey to the rescue center in Chengdu, he became seriously ill, requiring life-saving surgery on the bed of the truck that carried him. He came through with flying colors and lived to see his new life at the sanctuary. He no longer lives in terror, flattened to the bottom of a small cage. Today, Oliver strolls freely, enjoying his senior days in the sun while feeling the earth beneath his great bear paws.
One of the first sun bears to join our family was David, a big, gorgeous goof known for his relaxed and gentle personality. David arrived with us in September 2008. A true charmer, David was thought to have been smuggled from Laos, and had been confiscated earlier the same year in Nghe An province. David now shares a home with a group of other sun bears who all have access to an outdoor enclosure where they like to play together. He has grown into a very laid-back, friendly adult bear, who enjoys spending days playing with his companions and can always be relied upon to give newcomers a warm welcome.
Photos Courtesy of Animals Asia and Jo-Anne McArthur
Sponsors of this Podcast
Vegan Farmgirl In the City -www.veganfarmgirl.wordpress.com
Animals Asia - www. animalsasia.org
Fianna MacGregor Consulting/ Vegan Lifestyle Coach - www.fiannamacgregorconsulting.com