The dancing bears in Nepali have finally all been rescued, thus ending the inhumane treatment where cubs are captured and chains pierced in their snouts and taught to dance for entertainment.
According to the Huffington Post, the bears were controlled by the tug of a rope or the pull of a chain, but earlier this week the last two bears were finally freed Ranglia, 18-years-old and Sridevi, a 17-year-old female sloth bear, showed signs of trauma as their behaviors displayed shivering, cowering, pacing and sucking on their paws.
“We are thrilled that the last two known Nepali dancing bears have been rescued from their lifetime of suffering…,” the World Animal Protection and Jane Goodall Institute of Nepal stated. ‘Our hard effort and dedication has helped to bring an end to this illegal tradition in Nepal.”
The Himalayan nation had banned dancing bear performances in 1973, but despite the passage of time, street performers persisted and tourists continued to pay. Animal activists had spent over a year tracking down the bears and after receiving a tip tracked the bears by the owners’ cell phones to a district near the border of India.
Ranglis and Sridevi are in the care of the Parsa Wildlife Reserve. The sloth bears are a critically endangered breed and only found in Nepal, India, Sri Lanke and Bhutan. Estimates contend there are less than 20,000 sloth bears in the world.
It is hoped the bears can eventually be moved to a sanctuary in India.
Bear dancing in Nepal has just come to an end! On Tuesday night, along with the Jane Goodall Institute of Nepal and local police, we rescued the country’s two last-known ‘dancing bears’. Rangila a 19-year-old male and Sridevi a 17-year-old female were snatched from their mother at an early age and sold to their owner to be used as dancing bears. The two sloth bears were found in via mobile phone tracking of the cruel owners.Thanks to you, they’re being taken to Parsa National Park, in Nepal, where they’ll be free from suffering.For the past 20 years we’ve been working with local partners to bring an end to bear dancing in Greece, Turkey, India and now Nepal. Thank you for your continued support!
Posted by World Animal Protection Australia on Thursday, December 21, 2017
(Photos via freezeshots via video and WAPA)
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