URGENT Bear Rescue Vietnam

 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 16:  BREAKING NEWS, VIETNAM RESCUES!

We've learnt of 4 moon bears caged for over 16 years in tiny, dirty prisons, likely mutilated to extract bile from their gall bladders. They are the LAST 4 caged bears in Long An province. Rescuing these 4 bears will bring us one step closer to ending bear bile farming in Vietnam FOREVER (last year you helped us rescue the last remaining bears in Lam Dong province - watch the video here). We have a chance to rescue these bears but NEED YOUR HELP! Please join our family of Bear Carers (less than the cost of a coffee each week to be a Bear Buddy) - you'll be helping protect, rescue & care for endangered bears. Learn more about being a Bear Carer by clicking here. Thank you so much for your support.

SATURDAY JUNE 19:  BREAKING NEWS, CAMBODIA RESCUE!

After receiving an emergency call, our team were able to rescue a female moon bear caged for 12 years in Kandal province, southeast Cambodia. The team arrived safely back to the sanctuary late in the evening. Watch some clips from the rescue by clicking here. This is the 212th bear we've rescued in Cambodia.

TUESDAY JUNE 22:  BREAKING NEWS, LAOS RESCUE!

Today we were able to complete the difficult rescue of  a young female moon bear found in squalid conditions in a tiny cage behind a restaurant. She appears stunted with tiny legs, likely from being starved of nutrition as a cub (her mother was probably killed by poachers). She's being cared for in the Quarantine House of our Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary and we're hopeful she'll recover & live a long & healthy life. This is the 94th bear we've rescued in Laos. Watch some clips from the rescue by clicking here.

FRIDAY JULY 2: BREAKING NEWS, MORE LAOS RESCUES!

Our rescue team today rescued 2 orphaned moon bear cubs, a brother and sister, in the south of Laos. Laos Rescue #95 & #96 are estimated to be 6-7 months of age & currently on the road to recovery at the Cub Nursery of the Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary. Watch some clips from the rescue here.

SATURDAY JULY 10: BREAKING NEWS, MORE CAMBODIA RESCUES!

2 disabled female moon bear cubs have just arrived at our Cambodia Bear Sanctuary. Estimated to be around 8 months old, they're in poor condition, undernourished, stressed & tragically BOTH cubs have lost their front right paw, likely from wire snare traps of poachers. We hope they'll pull through. Watch the cubs arriving to the sanctuary by clicking here.

We're still waiting for government paperwork to rescue 3 of 'The Long An 4' (the final 4 caged bears in Long An province, Vietnam). Sadly there is now a COVID outbreak in Vietnam which has resulted in a lockdown, delaying the approvals and the rescue. Stay tuned for updates.

This makes 4 rescues in the past weeks (6 bears) & the first time in the 26 year history of Free the Bears that we have multiple rescues in 3 countries AT THE SAME TIME! Rescuing 10 bears across 3 countries places massive pressures on Free the Bears. If you're not already, please join our family of Bear Carers, you'll be helping protect, rescue & care for endangered sun bears & moon bears like these. Thank you. Click here: https://freethebears.org/pages/bear-carer (thanks to everyone who has already donated, we greatly appreciate your support). Thank you!

 
TO READ MORE ABOUT THE STATUS OF BEARS IN VIETNAM, READ OUR WEBSITE BLOG HERE

WHERE WILL THE VIETNAM BILE FARM BEARS GO? 

After rescue they'll undergo a month or more of quarantine at our Bear Rescue Centre. These old bears look to be in poor shape, we suspect they'll require extensive vet care. Eventually we hope they'll graduate from the Bear Rescue Centre to the Bear Sanctuary & enjoy their twilight years in a large forest enclosure with trees, climbing platforms, swimming pools, caves and hammocks, as well as enjoying a healthy diet and enrichment to stimulate their complex minds. We are currently completingBear House 4 at our Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary, specifically built to house bears from bile farms & bring this vile practice to an end. Please give generously if you can - your donation will be used to help rescue and rehabilitate these beautiful bears.

Please enjoy the video below showing you the forest enclosures at our Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary. We try to give the rescued bears the best life possible, it's the least we can do to make up for the suffering they've endured. Thank you.