Despite being illegal, bear bile farming continues in Vietnam with nearly 2,000 bears still in captivity. These bears can endure up to 30 years of regular bile extraction as the fluid, extracted from the bears' gallbladder, is used in traditional medicine.
Animals Asia is dedicated to ending bear bile farming in China and Vietnam and has created three bear sanctuaries to rehabilitate bears rescued from the trade.
Since being rescued by Animals Asia, Rae has been reluctant to spend time with other bears only making friends with neighbor Elise – another female moon bear.
Annemarie said, "Because of her traumatic past, she's fairly antisocial with everyone apart from Elise and will growl at them, even when they are some distance away from her."
However, that's set to change as Rae and Elise have recently been joined by boisterous boys like Parly, Milagro and Raymond.
Let's hope Rae is finally ready to share that "picnic table" with her new friends as she enters the next stage of her lifelong process of rehabilitation.
Moon bear Rae was named in honor of Animals Asia vet nurse Rae Joy, a long time supporter of Animals Asia who was a valued part of the VBRC vet team from 2011 to 2012. Rest in peace Rae, you will never be forgotten.