Moon bears Sam and Simon arrived Wednesday at Animals Asia's sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam - the first of 38 bears the animal welfare organization will rescue across Quang Ninh province.
The bears had been on Ba Mun island for four years. They will now start their quarantine and rehabilitation ahead of being slowly integrated into sanctuary life - sharing dens and open air enclosures with the 112 bears previously rescued from the bear bile industry.
Animals Asia has long campaigned for an end to bear bile farming. Early this year it launched a campaign to persuade Vietnam's Prime Minister to allow them to rescue the bears located in Halong Bay. After huge support, last month it was announced that local authorities would end bear bile farming across the province and allow Animals Asia to rescue all remaining 38 bears.