Today, in Vietnam around 2,000 bears remain in these inhumane conditions. Caged so that their bile can be cruelly extracted from their gallbladders for use in traditional medicine, the animals suffer enormously from a barbaric practice that ultimately kills them. At least 12,000 more bears suffer the same unimaginable horror in China.
But following their rescue by Animals Asia and a period of quarantine, Coco and Yogi's bars have gone and their world has increased immeasurably.
Last week, these oldest of friends truly met for the first time in their den. And it was beautiful.