The sisters are slowly gaining back their strength, though they have a long road ahead of them. Thanks to Free the Bears and other organizations like them, these cubs are able to be rescued from horrible lives, but many are still suffering. Today, there are more than 12,000 bears on bear bile farms in China and Vietnam alone, and more in the illegal pet trade.
"Hopefully over coming years we'll be able to continue to expand our education programmes in Laos and really make an impact on people's behaviour," Free the Bears wrote in a comment on its Facebook Page. "So often the wrong thing is done simply because people don't know what to do for the best!"
Below is a video that Free the Bears released Friday, chronicling Nam Et and Louey's full journey: