Laos Bear Rescue June 2020
FRIDAY JUNE 5: BREAKING NEWS: LAOS
SATURDAY JUNE 6: LAOS RESCUE UPDATE
Today our government partners from Laos Provincial Agriculture & Forestry Office (PAFO) were able to get a look at the two bears which have been kept in this tiny, dirty prison for over 15 years. It wasn't pretty. The bears look to be about 40-50kg each, which is a fraction of the weight they should be (adult male moon bears generally weigh 135kg or more), suggesting the bears are severely malnourished & stunted.
The good news is that PAFO involvement means a rescue will likely be possible. We hope to do so as soon as possible, with your support. Please DONATE to help or Be A Bear Carer, involving a small monthly donation. Thank you.
MONDAY JUNE 8: LAOS RESCUE UPDATE
We've been told the two bears are male and female, possibly brother and sister. The good news is that it's looking very likely we'll be able to rescue them this week. Have a great week & wish us luck - next week will be a much happier #MoonBearMonday for these bears.
TUESDAY JUNE 9: LAOS RESCUE UPDATE
BREAKING NEWS: Great news! We've been given permission & have the necessary approvals to proceed with the rescue of the 2 moon bears in Laos who have been starved & kept in a tiny, dirty cage for over 15 years!
We don't want these poor bears to suffer a moment longer - our rescue team is already on the road. They have a full day of travel to reach the bears, hopefully the rescue will take place tomorrow morning. Good luck team! Bring those bears home!
WEDNESDAY JUNE 10: LAOS RESCUE UPDATE
SUCCESS! Our Laos rescue team are jumping for joy following a safe & successful rescue. The rescue team made it safely back to the Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary and have transferred the bears to the Quarantine House where they already have more room than they've ever experienced. The more confident brother appeared nervous, although he was no doubt exhausted after the long trip (he stood guard over his sister for the entire journey). Both bears have lovely personalities & they're quickly gaining confidence.
Decades without a healthy diet or the ability to run, play or climb has left them with undeveloped muscles - they're a little uncoordinated on the climbing frame & the male has an abnormal gait. It will be a long rehabilitation for these two, but having already enjoyed a healthy breakfast, nutritious treats, enrichment & their first ever climbing frame, hammock & swim, the journey to recovery has begun.
Thanks to the Department of Forest Inspection (DOFI & POFI Vientiane) & all our amazing supporters for helping rescue another two bears from a life of misery. We couldn't do it without you.
Here are some highlights from the June 9/10 rescue: