Who Threw Rescued Bears A Watermelon Picnic?


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.

Related Stories:

‘B.C. Man Arrested for Smuggling Bear Paws

Help Stop Bear Baiting in Pakistan

356 Bears Find Healing & Love After Decades of Torture (Video)


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

very heart warming story

natalie n.
natalie n5 years ago

this is wonderful, i am glad that the bears have a chance at living like how they were born to be, free from humans cruel ways.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B6 years ago


Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley6 years ago

Absolutely adorable!!!
Thank youy for this heartwarming story!!

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T6 years ago

Wonderful...thank you...

Isabelle J.
Isabelle J6 years ago

Thanks! If we could save them all...

Susan Randall
.6 years ago

Thank you for taking care of these bears.

Ailsa P.
Ailsa Porter6 years ago

Wonderful. Great job!

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

Luckiest bears in China.

Marilyn G.
Marilyn G6 years ago

For years these beautiful animals have been tortured and used by miserable humans who don't give a damn about them. Such a pleasure to see the simple act of giving them a watermelon bring such joy to them. I wish for all of the others who are being treated so badly to be rescued as well, even though I know you're up against formidable odds. You are to be admired greatly for what you are doing.