Two Cubs Rescue

A call came in on July 18th that two moon bear cubs were in urgent need of our help. The two young cubs were in Yen Bai province around four hours from the Animals Asia Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park.

Our rescue team jumped into action and the bear team at the sanctuary immediately began preparing their new home, the cub house.

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said: “It’s highly likely that the two cubs were caught in the wild. Tragically it’s probable that their mother was killed so that her cubs could be taken and traded on the black market. Moon bear mothers would do anything to protect the cubs. In the wild, bear cubs would stay with their mother for up to 2 years or more to learn ‘bear skills’.”

These two cubs have cruelly been deprived of not only a mother but also the skills she would have taught them, vital to being able to survive in the wild. It’s up to us now to provide everything they need for a safe and enriched life as they grow and for the rest of their lives. This is, of course, less desirable than the life they were stolen from in the wild, however, it is a better fate than the one they were almost traded into, small barren cages, kept as exotic pets when young and cute, and almost inevitably subject to a lifetime of bile extraction when fully grown.

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