- Jul 25, 2011
Children are the future.There is hope.
So who is the King of the Swingers at Animals Asia’s China sanctuary?
Well, on this evidence, it's Kainara who's up first in this video showing a wonderfully relaxed swinging technique. Not so comfortable is Dick Bear who just can’t manage to make his swing work despite his best efforts.
The swings are a small part of an environment created to keep the bears active and stimulated. So do all bears love to swing?
Bear manager Heidi Quine explains:
“We go to great lengths at both our sanctuaries to ensure bears have enclosures which encourage natural behaviours such as playfulness. We provide swings and platforms, tyres and hammocks - all things designed to let our bears choose how they spend their days. Of course, like people, some bears are better when it comes to things like playing on swings than others. In fact some bears ignore the swings all together. It all comes down to giving the bears the opportunity to choose for themselves how they spend their days- something they were denied before rescue.”
Which only leaves us to add - have a swingingly good week!
Peter and Shamrock’s mixed reaction to new friends
23 May 2014
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Inseparable moon bears Peter and Shamrock have welcomed new friends into their lives, but one of them is finding it difficult to share.
The moon bear duo spent most of their lives cramped in tiny cages a few meters from each other before being rescued in Animals Asia’s New Year Rescue 2013. Post rescue, Peter and Shamrock were integrated together and formed a tight bond in a private enclosure.
Now they’ve finally been integrated with the other bears in the CBRC's house 7, and while they are certainly enjoying their more spacious surroundings, Shamrock remains very jealous of any attention that Peter receives.
Staff handled their integration delicately as both bears – particularly Shamrock – have been food obsessed. With this in mind, integration was delayed till after both autumn, when hunger drives increase, and the winter dormancy period.
Animals Asia Bear and Vet Team Director China, Nic Field said:
“As with all new introductions we introduced one bear at a time over several weeks, beginning with the friendliest in the group. Jonah was first and he and Peter were very curious about each other, however Shamrock was very obsessive over Peter and did not want to share him, showing her emotions with a lot of vocalising.”
As the Chengdu sanctuary bear team persevered introducing new bears, Shamrock continued to respond with loud calls and occasionally aggressive behavior. Peter on the other hand was cautiously curious about his new companions and when given the opportunity would exchange sniffs with each of them.
Nic Field said:
“Shamrock was a concern in the first few weeks with her constant vocalizing. Thankfully she gradually got calmer with each passing day and has enjoyed the entire enclosure including splashing with delight in the pool. It’s not a happy ending yet – she still isn’t getting along with Chica and Jonah, but she is adjusting. Peter has been great, a little nervous understandably, but he is gaining confidence and has enjoyed some playful wrestling with Jonah and Teddy.”
“As the enclosures get greener and the bears’ activity continues to increase we’re all looking forward to seeing both Peter and Shamrock venturing further and further afield, exploring what their big enclosure and new friends can offer them.”
https://www.animalsasia.org/intl/me...joins-the-fight-to-end-bear-bile-farming.htmlHello Kitty joins the fight to end bear bile farming
13 June 2014
From May until the end of the year,Hello Kitty’s eight-city anniversary tour will bring the fight against bear bile farming to a whole new audience in China as Animals Asia mascot moon bear Moonie shares the stage with the iconic Hello Kitty.
The tour’s first stop was Shanghai’s Global Harbor Mall where TV host Wu Xin called on the audience to protect their country’s moon bears.
On May 31, Wu Xin – who hosts wildly popular TV show Happy Camp – was joined on stage by Animals Asia’s Director of External Affairs, Toby Zhang who was given the opportunity to present Animals Asia’s efforts to end bear bile farming to the attending public and media.
Toby Zhang said:
“It was a pleasure to attend the event in Shanghai, which was really well organised. The audience was fantastic and I’m sure many of them have been moved by hearing the realities of bear bile farming.”
Hello Kitty brand manager Cherry Zhang also designed “Love Kitty – Love Moonie” T-shirts that are available to buy directly at the roadshows.
As the exhibition travels throughout the country, additional celebrity designed Moonie products will become available with all income kindly donated to Animals Asia.
So far actress Jiang Yiyan and TV host Wu Xin have also designed limited edition T-shirts for Animals Asia, with other stars expected to follow suit.
Animals Asia founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE said:
“We can’t thank Hello Kitty enough for choosing to partner with Animals Asia at these prestigious events. The Hello Kitty brand is huge all over Asia so to see Moonie alongside Hello Kitty is a dream come true for us and has brought our message to a whole new audience. And I’m sure that the fantastic T-shirt designs and other merchandise will continue to benefit us in the future – I want one!”
Stolen Lives: Animals Captured in the Wild
02 October 2014
Animals Asia's Animal Welfare Director, Dave Neale, explains the dark secret behind the façade of the modern zoo and their well-stocked populations of chimpanzees, elephants, beluga whales and dolphins.
I am just a few months old when I hear them coming, my mother ushers me towards her and we begin to run. But we are not fast enough to outrun their bullets. I watch as my mother and the rest of my family drop to the ground. I am now left alone with the bodies of my loved ones lying motionless before me. A net is thrown over me and I am dragged into the darkness. I am just a baby.
This is my own 'anthropogenic' interpretation of what an elephant calf is likely to experience as their family is killed and (s)he is ripped from a life in the wild to be supplied to a zoo thousands of miles away.
This situation is all too real for many thousands of animals, and each and every time I think about this I despair at how any member of my own species can convince themselves that this is an acceptable scenario to be a part of.
How can anybody support the removal of an individual from their mother and family, and to ship this individual off for a life in captivity with the associated loss of freedom?
This situation deeply troubles me, despite our regularly touted "level of intellect" as a species –apparently above and beyond that of any other – individuals continue to use their "superior" cognitive abilities to justify these actions on the basis of their own income generation.
Placing their own wishes and desires to have what they wish, above that of the right of an individual to live the life they were born to live.
Animals such as chimpanzees, orang-utans, gorillas, elephants, whales and dolphins are in high demand to supply both government run zoos/ocean parks and private collections. This demand is leading to unimaginable suffering for many thousands of individual animals.
Let's take chimpanzees as an example. To obtain one infant chimpanzee from the wild, it is estimated that an additional ten chimpanzees are likely to be killed. Many of these adults are likely to be slaughtered whilst defending their infants from the poachers, the animals left behind are likely to experience a significant amount of fear and distress due to the experience they have been involved in and witnessed. The suffering for the infants is unimaginable, they have to deal with the stress of losing their loved ones only to be thrust into the hands of people that care very little for their overall health and welfare. They are then shipped to a strange land to be placed into a barren enclosure and in many cases beaten into performing tricks as part of an animal circus.
When I see these animals (chimpanzees, elephants, beluga whales, dolphins, etc.) languishing in barren zoo enclosures or swimming round and round in circles in swimming pools which are a tiny fraction of the size of their ocean environments, I am ashamed.
I feel that they must be looking at me and asking, "Why? What did I do to deserve this lifestyle? Why was I chosen to be a part of this absurd and often abusive life? And where is my mother and my family?"
It is time for us all to take a stand on behalf of these animals and demand an end to wild capture. Animals born wild have the right to live in the wild where they belong and it is our duty to protect them and their environment to ensure they can live as it is intended for them to do so, and not to live a life of captive misery.
https://www.animalsasia.org/intl/me...n-bear-by-animals-asia-vet-emily-drayton.htmlThe lessons I learnt from a moon bear
With the recent sad passing of moon bear Hebe, Animals Asia Vet Emily Drayton was inspired to write the many lessons she learned from Hebe.
I think many of us who work with animals can appreciate there is much we have to learn from other species. There are certain things animals do so well where we humans fail miserably.
Fortunately, every now and then we get to meet another living being who reminds us of the things we have forgotten and teach us a better way of being. Hebe was one of those special animals.
I first met Hebe the day her best friend Melody passed. I watched Hebe sit beside the den door, comforting her friend as she slowly succumbed to the anaesthetic. It was my first day at CBRC, and I knew little about moon bears, but Hebe showed me something about friendship that day. She showed me the value of companionship and the importance of being a friend through the good times and the bad. It was the first of many lessons I would learn from Hebe.
Hebe has given me much joy and pain. She has taught me so much about being a vet, but more importantly, about being a good person and will forever occupy a special place in my heart. Here are just some of the lessons Hebe has been kind enough to teach me.
1. When it comes to things you love, take your time, be slow and considerate. A spoonful of peanut butter should never be rushed.
2. Stubbornness can be an admirable quality.
3. When the teenagers next door are being rowdy make your disapproval known.
4. Bad hair days happen. In fact bad hair months happen. But it doesn't matter. Those who love you will think you are beautiful no matter how fuzzy your hair.
5. Good health should never be taken for granted.
6. Live in this moment. Don't dwell in yesterday or worry about tomorrow. Just be here, now.
7. Strength is not borne from muscle or confined to the physical body. It arises from the spirit and in Hebe's case, it is limitless.
8. People can be cruel, they will hurt and abuse for no real reason. But people can also be kind, capable of love, respect and compassion. These things are not mutually exclusive - a person who commits an act of cruelty, is also capable of love.
For this reason we should always strive to be kinder, to love more fiercely and to be a better person whenever we can. In doing so, we can inspire goodness in others.
9. It does not matter how strong the spirit, time will wear us all down.
10. Some days you will fail. It does not matter how hard you want to make things better, there are some things that you cannot fix.
11. Bravery is not the measure of how fiercely you fight, but how graciously you surrender.
12. Forgiveness. Forgive those who hurt you, and most importantly learn to forgive yourself.
I will be forever grateful for knowing Hebe. Rest in peace sweet bear, and thank you for all you have given me.