The 100th Rescue of Free the Bears

On August 12th, Free the Bears welcomed an orphaned male moon bear cub to their Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the 100th bear rescued in Laos, and Free the Bears’ 7th rescue mission in 7 weeks (10 bears rescued with 7 bears rescued in Laos and 3 in Cambodia).

Laos Rescue #100 reached Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary after a long rescue (13 hours drive away). He’s a 1.5 year old orphaned male moon bear cub, in reasonably good condition, now in quarantine.

You can watch his arrival here.

Free the Bears have learnt of other bears being advertised for sale illegally on social media and are trying to track them down before they disappear into the wildlife trade.

Whilst these 10 bears have been rescued in two countries, Free the Bears are working tirelessly to rescue 4 more bears from a third country, Vietnam. The 4 moon bears have been caged for over 16 years, likely mutilated to extract bile from their gall bladders. They are the last 4 caged bears in Long An province so rescuing these 4 bears will bring Free the Bears one step closer to ending bear bile farming in Vietnam forever. Sadly the COVID outbreak in Vietnam is getting worse with a strict lockdown currently preventing Free the Bears from rescuing ‘The Long An 4’, however they will rescue them as soon as they can.

For more information on the work of Free the Bears click here.

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