Bear cubs res­cued from trade

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TWO bear cubs were res­cued from il­le­gal wildlife trade in Viet­nam, with in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion Four Paws tak­ing the bears into its care at its bear sanc­tu­ary in Ninh Binh.

Viet­namese au­thor­i­ties con­fis­cated the two Asi­atic black bears in the Hai Phong prov­ince on Jan­uary 9.

The fe­male bear cubs, only a few weeks old, fell vic­tim to wildlife smug­glers.

At Four Paws bear sanc­tu­ary, the bears will re­ceive in­ten­sive med­i­cal care. There is no trace of the mother and the ori­gin of the two cubs has not yet been de­ter­mined.

The il­le­gal trade of the bears was stopped just in time thanks to the co-op­er­a­tion of the Viet­namese po­lice and au­thor­i­ties, lo­cal NGO Ed­u­ca­tion for Na­ture-Viet­nam (ENV), Wildlife Friends Foun­da­tion Thai­land and Four Paws.

After the con­fis­ca­tion, ve­teri­nar­i­ans pro­vided the bears with med­i­cal care.

The pair spent one night at a ho­tel

The bears are young and the sit­u­a­tion is crit­i­cal, but we will do ev­ery­thing we can for their sur­vival Emily Lloyd Four Paws Viet­nam An­i­mal Man­ager

and were trans­ferred to the sanc­tu­ary in Ninh Binh on Jan­uary 10.

Four Paws Viet­nam An­i­mal Man­ager Emily Lloyd said: “The bears are still very young, and the sit­u­a­tion is crit­i­cal, but we will do ev­ery­thing we can for their sur­vival.

“The cubs were de­hy­drated when we took them over.

“Our team of ve­teri­nar­i­ans is pro­vid­ing them with milk added with vi­ta­mins and pro­bi­otics. Al­though the bears only weigh 900 grams, both are quite strong and drink enough of the milk.”

How­ever, there is a high pos­si­bil­ity that the bears were im­ported from Laos or came di­rectly from bear farms in Viet­nam, Four Paws said.

De­tails of the planned trade are un­known. Since it is not pos­si­ble to re­lease the bears into the wild, the an­i­mals re­main in the species-ap­pro­pri­ate bear sanc­tu­ary.

Four Paws says re­search in 2016 and 2017 showed that many bears are still used for bile ex­trac­tion and the il­le­gal trade of bear bile is still preva­lent in Viet­nam. The Ninh Binh sanc­tu­ary of­fers space for 44 bears. Four Paws has al­ready trans­ferred over ten res­cued bears to the sanc­tu­ary.

The two bear cubs res­cued from il­le­gal wildlife trade in Viet­nam were vic­tims of wildlife smug­glers, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion Four Paws.

Two bear cubs res­cued by Four Paws in Hai Phong prov­ince, Viet­nam.

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