Attempts to rescue the bear in June as part of the #Halong2Home rescue operation hit a snag when the legal owner failed to appear to sign off the final paperwork. Animals Asia's rescue team and Quang Ninh Forest Protection Department officials were left with no choice but to return another day.
During the rescue the team released 13 bears and took them back to the sanctuary - closing six bear bile farms along the way. But celebrations were muted as legal complications meant 14th bear Honey had to be left behind.
But Honey's day finally arrived this weekend with rescuers being informed on Friday of a window of opportunity to finally free the bear from 16 years of confinement and bile extraction.