Vietnam: Moon Bear Rescued In Lam Dong Province

Animals Asia said it has successfully rescued a moon bear that had been kept in a cage for more than 10 years.

Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports that the rescue was conducted in coordination with the Forest Management Department of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

The bear was voluntarily handed over to the organisation by the Dam B’ri Tourism Joint Stock Company, which once raised 20 bears and other wild animals at its ecological resort.

The bear had previously been cared for, tagged with a microchip and registered at a household in Ho Chi Minh City in 2005.

After its rescue, the bear was named Bao Lam, which means protecting the forest in Vietnamese. The name is derived from combining Bao Loc and Lam Dong, the names of local areas.

Bao Lam will be transported to the organisation’s Bear Rescue Centre in Vinh Phuc province’s Tam?o National Park. There, he will be taken care of and rehabilitated before being shifted to an outdoor enclosure with other rescued bears.

The bear is the 163rd to be rescued by the organisation in Vietnam.

Last year, Animals Asia rescued 41 bears, including 33 from the northern Quang Ninh province.