Happy #MoonBearMonday everyone!
The first sweltering days of summer have arrived at Animals Asia's bear sanctuaries in both China and Vietnam, which can mean only one thing - time to get in the pool!
Bears rescued from the bear bile farms absolutely love cooling off and relaxing in water. And who could blame them? While held captive, the bears often have no access to drinking water, let alone a pool to find much needed relief from tropical temperatures.
Bears can endure up to 30 years in tiny cages suffering invasive bile extraction as the liquid produced by their gall bladders is desired for traditional medicines. Sadly, most are starved, dehydrated and suffer from multiple diseases and malignant tumurs that ultimately kill them long before they reach such an age.
But for the bears fortunate enough to have been rescued by Animals Asia, their horrific past is a distant memory. Now they are free to swim, wrestle, splash or just sit in the shallows with their favorite treat and watch the world go by.