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Arkte, using his paw, as bears do, as a plate. Animals Asia Foundation.
Relaxing in a hammock at Free the Bears sanctuary in Laos.
This cub had been rescued by the Animals Asia Foundation two days before the photo was taken. She seems to be enjoying her new room and "hammock". They named her Mara. Tam Dao Sanctuary, Vietnam.
This Asiatic Moon Bear was put in her bear bile farming cage as a young cub. The door was closed and locked, and eventually rusted shut. When she was rescued by the Animals Asia Foundation eight years later, they had to break the cage open, as she was far too big to fit through the original door. Here, she arrives at her new home at Tam Dao sanctuary in Vietnam, with the Animals Asia Foundation. They named her Miracle.
I love this photo of Miracle because it shows where she has lived her whole life, but also where she will spend the rest of her life. The backdrop of forest is her new home, Tam Dao sanctuary. Animals Asia Foundation.
Once Miracle was fully sedated the vets were able to do a preliminary health check. Due to stress-related behaviour, the calluses above her brow are from years of rubbing her head back and forth across the cage. Her paws have been severely damaged by years of standing on bars. Animals Asia Foundation.
After being anesthetized, Miracle is health checked and moved to more comfortable quarters at Tam Dao sanctuary. When I met her again in 2011 she had adapted wonderfully to her new surroundings and was not aggressive toward humans despite eight years of mistreatment at our hands.
Miracle at Tam Dao sanctuary in 2011.
Dream, one of 14 bears rescued from a bile farm in southern Vietnam in December 2011 by the Animals Asia Foundation. One front paw is missing, the other mangled. She's now living out her life in peace at Tam Dao sanctuary.
Helina bear during her health check after being rescued by the Animals Asia Foundation.
Helina's paw, cracked and ruined after a life time of standing on bars in a cage.
Helina bear, Kirsty Officer and Rae Joy during Helina's health check.
Vet Kirsty Officer performing an ultrasound on Helina bear in the surgical unit at Tam Dao sanctuary. Animals Asia Foundation.
Caroline and Kirsty, all smiles about Helina's good blood work report. Animals Asia Foundation.
Love and tenderness from vet nurse Caroline Nelson for Helina in the surgical room. Animals Asia Foundation.
After years of no health care, bad food and chewing on cage bars, Helina bear's teeth were in rough shape with nerves exposed and some infection. Some had to be removed. Animals Asia Foundation.
Rae Joy with Helina bear, post-surgery and almost on her way to the recovery room.
Veterinarian Kirsty Officer with staff at Tam Dao sanctuary, Animals Asia Foundation, Vietnam. I love this photo because of the amazing people in it but also because you can see their amazing sanctuary in the background.
Rae Joy with Helina bear during recovery after her hours-long health check. Animals Asia Foundation.
Bear bile farm in Vientiane, Laos.
Bear at a bile farm in Vientiane, Laos.
Bear at a bile farm in Vientiane, Laos.
Bear at a bile farm in Vientiane, Laos.
Animals Asia Foundation.
A rescued bear's new home. Animals Asia Foundation.
Treats and enrichment in the enclosures at Tam Dao sanctuary, Animals Asia Foundation.
Leika, resident at Tam Dao sanctuary in Vietnam. Animals Asia Foundation.
A rescued moon bear eating a yam. Tat Kuang Si sanctuary, Laos. Free the Bears.
Snack time at Tat Kuang Si sanctuary in Laos, run by Free the Bears.
Foraging for and finding healthy treats at Tat Kuang Si sanctuary in Laos. Free the Bears.
Play time at Tat Kuang Si sanctuary in Laos. Free the Bears.
Tat Kuang Si sanctuary, Free the Bears.
Lamma the sun bear looking a bit sad. She's really a happy girl though! I adore her sweet face. Animals Asia Foundation.
David, the wrinkly Malayan Sun bear at Tam Dao Sanctuary, Vietnam.
Relaxing sun bear at Tam Dao sanctuary, Vietnam. Animals Asia Foundation.
Animals Asia Foundation's founder Jill Robinson's note on a clinic wall after a great rescue.
This sweet Sun Bear has been rescued from a bear bile farm. While he was at the farm, one of his limbs was severed, likely sold for the delicacy known as "bear paw soup." At his new home, a sanctuary in Cambodia, he comes into the caged areas a few times a day while the open areas are cleaned up and filled with new enrichment to keep the bears busy and stimulated. His face looks terribly sad but that's because he's begging for treats! He especially loves pineapple jam. Free the Bears, Cambodia.