"We set up a schedule and checked him every three to four hours, gave pain medication, cleaned his wounds and tended to his needs. I don't know how he didn't hate us - every time we touched him, it hurt.
But within 24 hours, his eyes became brighter. And the day he ate - we all celebrated. We knew then that he could survive."
Though his progress continued, Tuffy was in bandages for months. His elbows and knees were fused to his body from the burns, his ears pulled back - making it impossible for his eyes to close, even when he slept.
Tuffy had a lot of help in his recovery - by specialists whose expertise is as valuable as Animals Asia's vets, donating their time just as Animals Asia's staff did.
Dr. Alane Cahalane, a specialist surgeon from the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Hong Kong who has consulted and performed surgery on Animals Asia's bears, flew in for one day to perform Tuffy's first surgery - to release his fused legs as well as his eyes.
Dr. Kieren Maddern, of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Pain Management Consultants, also consulted for free, with ideas on wound care and pain management for Tuffy.
As time passed, the bandage changes became easier. Tuffy became more used to them, with each one taking him one step closer to recovery.