Two bears freed from 20 years of cage life in Vietnam

By Ngoc Thanh   April 29, 2018 | 07:06 am GMT+7

Carrying many diseases from the long captivity, they are now spending better days at a rescue center.

On Thursday (April 26), Viet Nam Wildlife Protection Center (Four Paws Viet) cooperated with Ninh Binh Forest Protection Department to rescue the last two bears which have been held captive for 20 years.

Vietnam's wildlife conservation center Four Paws Vietnam cooperated with Ninh Binh Forest Protection Department in the northern province to rescue two bears held captive for 20 years for the bear bile trade on Thursday.

Since 2005, Ninh Binh has 40 bears, which  significantly reduces over time. These are the last two bears rescued  in the area, said Head of Ninh Binh Forest Protection Department.

Ninh Binh had 40 bears held captive in 2005 and the two on Thursday were the last ones rescued from cage life in the province.

Thousands of bottles of antibiotics and tranquilizers are found at the bear farm. Doctors said the drugs were used during the bile extraction process.

Thousands of bottles of antibiotics and tranquilizers are found at the bear farm. Doctors said the drugs were used during the bile extraction process.

The doctor used a blowing tube to shoot the anesthetic, then took the bear out of the cage. The amount of anesthetic is calculated according to the weight of each bear.

A doctor used a blowing tube to shoot the anesthetic into a bear before taking it out of the cage.

Doctors unlocked the cage, using adhesive tape to lock the mouth and a wet towel to cool the bears then brought them out.

Doctors unlocked the cage, ducktaping the bear's mouth and cooling it with a wet towel before bringing it out.

They were given overall examination and taken samples  of blood, hair, feces and urine. The doctor concluded that both bears  suffered from obesity, gall bladder damage, urinary tract infection,  worn nails and tooth decay.

Experts perform overall examination and take samples of blood, hair, feces and urine. They found both bears suffering from obesity, gall bladder damage, urinary tract infection, damaged nails and tooth decay.

Two bears are Asian black bears and weigh 160kg (352 lbs) and 170kg (374 lbs) respectively.

The two Asian black bears weigh 160kg (352 lbs) and 170kg (374 lbs).

After examination, bears were put into cages and would be shipped after they were completely awake.

After examination, the bears were put into cages to be transported to a rescue center. They will stay at Ninh Binh Bear Rescue Center for three weeks for treatment and to familiarize with semi-natural environment.

Ninh Binh Bear Rescue Center is 10 hectares wide with two bear farms and four semi-natural areas. The center is feeding many bears, including one that lost two forelimbs.

Ninh Binh Bear Rescue Center is 10 hectares large with two bear farms and four semi-natural areas. The center is home to many bears rescued from Vietnam's bear bile industry. Vietnam banned commercial bear bile extraction in 2005, but bile farming remains a problem after more than a decade. Vietnam's government signed an agreement last July to work with animal activists to shut down all bear bile farms and free the remaining 1,000 bears stuck in captivity by 2020.

 
 
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