Dick was previously kept on a Chinese bear bile farm suffering regular painful bile extractions. More than 10,000 bears currently suffer the same fate on farms across China as their bile is prized as an ingredient in traditional medicine.
Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears from bile farms in both China and Vietnam and remains committed to ending the cruel industry.
Animals Asia Senior Bear Manager Heidi Quine said, "When Dick arrived in 2009 he was emaciated and stereotypic having been subjected to free drip bile extraction. At the time he would occasionally attempt a swipe at his carers, but now he is the gentlest bear. As long as he's got a good supply of food and other bears to wrestle with, he's an angel."
Now that he's one of the biggest bears in House 6, Dick loves to wrestle with the other big guys like Weston Super Bear, Stardust, and Mandela.