I wanted to start the new year sharing some great news with you. Towards the end of December 2017, the last two known ‚dancing bears‘ in Nepal were rescued.
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 – a cruel, outlawed practice where bears are made to entertain crowds of people.
Working with the Jane Goodall Institute of Nepal and local police, the sloth bears were found by tracking mobile phones of the cruel owners and finally saved.
World Animal Protections‘ Dr Neil D’Cruz said the rescue was emotional for all involved as the bears were in an extremely distressed state; with signs of psychological trauma such as cowering, pacing and paw sucking.
Thanks to you, they are now recovering at the Amlekhgunj Forest and Wildlife Reserve in Nepal, ready to begin their happy new lives.
It’s your passion to protect animals that saved Rangila and Sridevi 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.
Because of your dedicated support, we are also close to phasing out bear baiting and bear dancing in Pakistan. And our work continues to end the cruel and unnecessary bear bile industry across Asia.
Together, we are creating lasting change for animals in need.
On behalf of the bears, thank you.
World Animal Protection
Australia and New Zealand