Regarding our recent post about 2 little bears who were being abused in a Vietnamese circus:
Well we can now provide an update from Animals Asia – the little bears have been removed from the Circus, given a health check by AA and have now been moved on to their sanctuary. Very rapid responses and actions by the brilliant Animals Asia – thanks to them once again.
Cubs Sugar and Spice were rescued after Animals Asia investigators discovered them being forced to perform on stage in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam.
An Animals Asia rescue team successfully freed two female moon bear cubs from Central Circus in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam after the authorities confirmed they were being held illegally.
The cubs were transferred to Animals Asia’s award-winning Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in nearby Vinh Phuc province on Wednesday 24 April, where they immediately entered a quarantine area.
Animals Asia Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said:
“We’re very grateful to the authorities for taking swift action in this case and sending a clear message to circuses around the country that they are not above the nation’s wildlife laws.
“This rescue will be a deterrent to those who would commit wildlife crime, a wake up call for the public who may consider attending an animal circus, and hopefully a catalyst for the government to take a closer look at other facilities around the country using protected and endangered species in their shows.”
The cubs, named Sugar and Spice weigh just 36 and 50 kilogrammes respectively and are believed to be under a year old. A preliminary health check found no serious health problems but Spice was found to have a scar on her wrist – likely from being trapped in the wild – while Sugar had suffered some dental damage.
With no survival skills and no safe forest for release, it is likely the bear cubs will spend the rest of their lives – potentially up to 30 years – in the care of Animals Asia.
At the sanctuary they will have access to large, semi-natural outdoor enclosures filled with trees, grass, climbing frames, swimming pools and rock piles which will keep them stimulated and encourage natural behaviours.
When they are old enough, they will be integrated with an existing community of bear providing even more stimulation for the duo.
While Hanoi’s Central Circus holds many other endangered species, including moon bears, macaques, pythons and an elephant, Animals Asia was unable to rescue these individuals as the circus currently holds legal paperwork for their ownership.
An Animals Asia investigation in 2017 revealed that circuses up and down the country were routinely forcing endangered species to perform while 100% of facilities failed to meet the basic needs of the animals.
This video gives an overview of what happened with the rescue – from Hell to Heaven – Enjoy ! :