Ever see a bear eat a watermelon? It goes something like this. Ready. Set. Chomp!
At the Animals Asia sanctuary in Chengdu, China, hundreds of rescued bears recently enjoyed a scrumptious picnic thanks to volunteer Annie Ditton and her sisters who brought a watermelon for each of the bears. It’s almost inconceivable that bears who spent as many as 18 years locked in cages the size of coffins are now enjoying fresh fruit in a sunny park where they can run and splash and play.
Today, more than 10,000 bears are “farmed” alive for their bile under unspeakable conditions in China and Vietnam. And while every effort is made to bring joy to survivors who arrive at the sanctuaries, our main focus remains on closing down the industry which supplies bile for use in products such as wine, shampoo and analgesics.
If you share our vision of a world without bear farming, you might enjoy having a look at the rest of the photos of the bears’ peaceful picnic. May we soon have the resources to help many more. See more photos of the bear’s picnic.