According to Wildlife SOS, which also organized the rescue, there were an estimated 1,200 dancing bears in India in 1996, when Holly was still captive. Along with Holly, Wildlife SOS and IAR rescued more than 600 sloth bears, cracking down on the dancing bear industry and moving the victims to sanctuaries where they're "enjoying a life where they'll never again have to endure such cruelty and pain," Wildlife SOS said on its website.
The last dancing bear rescue was in 2009, but the fight isn't over. Sloth bears are still threatened by poaching, with some of the stolen babies being smuggled into the dying dancing bear industry, killed or captured to be used in Chinese traditional medicine or butchered for meat.
International Animal Rescue/Wildlife SOS