Hector will now live out the rest of his life at Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Center. He's yet another victim of the bear bile industry which destroys the lives of thousands of bears in Vietnam and China.
Due to the demand for bear bile as an ingredient in traditional medicine, bears are held in captivity and suffer regular, painful bile extraction. It's possible to for bears to endure up to 30 years of such torture, but in reality, most are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and malignant tumors that ultimately kill them.
One year on from his rescue, this is Hector's story.
Rescued from poachers by Forest Protection Department staff, big sister Dung and little brother Hector (then called James), were fortunate enough to be brought a short distance to Animals Asia's Vietnam Bear Rescue Center.