Animals Asia founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE said:
"You wouldn't believe how endlessly rewarding it is to watch rescued moon bears enjoying themselves. They are constantly finding new and ingenious ways to have fun and in doing so they remind just what intelligent, sentient beings they so obviously are."
The ability of these animals to express play behavior in a rescue centre is a world away from their previous lives suffering on bear bile farms. On farms the animals are kept in tiny cages - often so small that they cannot stand up or turn around – and suffer the agony of having the bile extracted from their gall bladder for use in traditional medicine.
This torture can continue for up to 30 years, but in reality most bears are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and malignant tumors that ultimately kill them.
Animals Asia campaigns to end the bear bile trade in Vietnam and China and has to date rescued over 500 bears from the industry, giving them the opportunity to express natural behaviors like these two happy bears.
Make you sure you make time for a little fun this #MoonBearMonday!