Three moon bears arrived at Animals Asia's Vietnam sanctuary on Monday night after a grueling 2,000 kilometer (approx. 1,240 mile) rescue almost the full length of Vietnam.
The rescue party arrived around 8 p.m. on Monday night, after the truck carrying the bears broke down in the afternoon.
The remote stretch of road meant that no mechanic could be found, but fortunately a passing Forest Protection Department official directed the team to a nearby town where a new truck was sourced.
Animals Asia Vietnam director Tuan Bendixsen said:
"The finish line was so close and then the truck carrying the bears was suddenly unable to continue. We feared a delay of many hours but thanks to the uniformed FPD official, a new truck was found and the team managed to move the bears from one to the other which was incredibly stressful.
It was yet another example of this resourceful team being given a problem and smashing through it. Three bears, two thousand miles? They did it. A broken down truck in comparison was just a minor inconvenience. They are an incredibly special team and thanks to them, three bears are about to start a whole new life."