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Tree-Climbing Bear Shows Us What Real Happiness Looks Like

Balancing your big moon bear behind on a tiny branch way above our China sanctuary is far from snooze-worthy.

But for tree-climber extraordinaire Wang Cai, it's not worth losing sleep over. In fact there's nothing he likes more than a nap at altitude.

Tree-climber Wang Cai was originally named Rudolph - as he and twin sister Holly came to Animals Asia's China sanctuary right before Christmas in 2012.

Thankfully neither of these festive siblings ever had to suffer the painful process of bile extraction. Taken from the wild they were raised by a local farmer. But, as they grew larger, he realized he couldn't care for them much longer. There was the real fear that if Animals Asia hadn't welcomed them in, they'd eventually end up at a circus or bile farm.


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China Bear and Vet Team Director Nic Field said:

"Wang Cai and his sister are climbers – and they give us a glimpse of the life that all bears should be able to have, when they're happy, healthy and have never suffered the trauma of bear bile farming.

Wang Cai has been living with us for three years, and the treetops in House 1 have become his favorite spots. From time to time, he'll choose a tree and climb up. Whether he's taking a nap, picking some leaves or just sitting there for hours, he sure knows how to enjoy his time."

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Animals Asia

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