Bern's original cage was winched out into an open space and the transport cage door directly secured against its door.
Bern's favorite treat - honey-coated fruit - was used to encourage him into the new cage, and once inside, the crane was again used to lift him onto the truck that would carry him home.
Animals Asia Vet Nurse Lisa Brailey said:
"It was important to calm and reassure Bern during the transfer when he was being lifted by the crane. Luckily, we'd already introduced him to honey, marshmallow, dried banana and condensed milk, so we knew what he liked.
It took Bern over 45 minutes to feel comfortable enough to move from his old cage into the transport cage - even with all the sweet treats waiting for him on the other side. But a little patience and some honey was all he needed in the end."
Bern's rescue had long been planned but paperwork wasn't finalized right up to the morning of the rescue when the bear's care was transferred to Animals Asia.
A visual health inspection convinced the vet team that Bern was fit to travel allowing Senior Veterinarian Joost Philippa to leave the rescue team.
"Bern is a huge bear and has been exhibiting stereotypic behaviors common in stressed bears which has resulted in some hair loss on his head, but generally he and the other two bears all seem fit to travel.
The sooner we get them back to the sanctuary, the sooner we can really evaluate their condition and begin their rehabilitation."
Bern will now join Coco and Yogi on a 2,000 kilometer (approx. 1,240 mile) journey up the coast of Vietnam to Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao.