At first it seemed that he would be able to make the lengthy trip to the sanctuary and experience a better life.
"Sao did fine during and after the vet check performed by our veterinarian, Dr. Johanna Painer, and our Vietnam bear team. He woke up from anesthesia quickly and was doing well," Four Paws wrote.
But five hours into the trip, things took a worrying turn. "Sao suddenly started bleeding from his nose and mouth, and his breathing became heavy," Four Paws wrote. "Our team reacted immediately and provided him with infusions, oxygen and intensive care."