In May 2015, Animals Asia launched one of their most daring rescues yet, transporting two bears from a remote island off North-East Vietnam, back to the mainland and off to their new home, the Vietnam Bear Rescue Center at Tam Dao National Park.
38 bears are set to be rescued in the region by Animals Asia in the coming months. And today was two of these bears' lucky day.
Ba Mun Island is an hour away from our port, near Halong Bay in Vietnam.
We woke early and were greeted with dark skies and heavy rain. No boats were going out that morning, let alone for such a delicate mission as ours and the team was eager to get those bears: the weather could slow them down, but never stop them. The delay could be an hour or a day, and only Mother Nature could decide. Remaining ready for anything as always, the team waited out the rain and discussed contingency plans.
Luckily it was only a few hours before the rain stopped and we took our window of opportunity. As the time for high tide back at port in the evening was an important factor, it meant that the delay would not set the team back too far; they had all day on the island.