"He brought so many people together that day, from Shandong to Chengdu and across the country, and he's continued to do so ever since. As an old bear who refused to give up, his fight inspired ours. His story has continued to be told across the world and has raised increasing awareness of the horrors of bear bile farming. Our broken bear turned teacher, his stoic, gentle nature will continue to inspire the rescue of so many more," she said.
Animals Asia's China Bear and Vet Team Director Nic Field added that "Oliver's story is so powerful, he became a focal point of the growing support of our work in China. To so many, he represents the suffering of the thousands of bears still languishing on China's bear farms. More importantly he has been a symbol of hope. Every visitor to the sanctuary and every supporter around the world knows Oliver's story. I am quite sure his legacy will live on. The entire team were devastated at his passing and he will be sorely missed. There is comfort in knowing that collectively we were able to give him more than four years of freedom. Despite everything he had been through Oliver's forgiving and spirited nature touched all that met him."