The Agra Bear Rescue Center is set to welcome two rescued young bears after a supporter of the charity saw a sickening post on Instagram showing them dancing. This will bring the sanctuary’s bear population to 112
Image: International Animal Rescue/Press)
Swinging in his favorite hammock, Lallu looks every inch like a carefree bear in the world.
The 30-year-old is one of nearly 200 bears rescued from torture to dance for humans.
Today, rescued animals spend their days in three nursing homes in India, founded 20 years ago by British charity International Animal Rescue and local partner Wildlife SOS.
And there’s no shortage of bears’ life needs: love, kindness, and buckets of their favorite honey and porridge.
The Agra Bear Rescue Center is set to welcome two rescued young bears after a supporter of the charity saw a sickening post on Instagram showing them dancing.
This will bring the sanctuary’s bear population to 112, the remaining 81 are in the centers of Bannerghatta in the South West and Bhopal in Central India.
© Press People picture collect A dancing bear before its rescue in India)
IAR’s Lis Key said: “This month marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the world’s largest dancing bear retirement home and our residents are living out their years in luxury.
“It’s nothing more than they deserve because if you look closer you will realize that every one of their faces is mangled as they suffered unimaginable horror as dancing bears.
“Some bears like to relax in the sun like Lallu, some are aquatic babies like Wendy who likes to hang out in a pool.
“Others are more stomach driven like Dhoni, pretty much any sloth bear will do almost anything for honey.
“We smear honey on trees and hide it around their sanctuary, along with fruit enrichment barrels and swinging trees, which they kick with their paws, to get the treats inside to entertain them. It’s the bear equivalent of Netflix. Keeping sloth bears in India has been illegal since 1972, but they are smuggled in from neighboring Nepal, like the two new IAR bears.
© Press People/Gavin Parsons Dancing Bear Micch before his rescue from Dancing Bear Life)
The charity has given homes to 630 bears over its 20 years and most have lived long lives.
Every rescue is undertaken with the support and assistance of the Indian Department of Forestry.
The first, 20 years ago, involved six separate bears, including a male named Raju, who is still a resident of the sanctuary today.
IAR boss Alan Knight was so moved by Raju’s fate that he said to his rescue, “Don’t worry mate, we’ll get you out of here.”
Lis added, “Nowadays Raju leads a peaceful and pain-free life and his favorite pastimes are dozing in the shade during the heat of the day and sniffing and sucking honey from all the surfaces of his home. his enclosure that his keeper paints with it. – honey logs, porches and tree trunks.
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“The horror these creatures faced is incomprehensible.
“Twenty years ago, cubs were still taken from the wild for training as dancing bears, which involved a red-hot iron needle being forced through their sensitive snouts and a rope inserted through, sometimes even with a thorn or nail attached, control bears using pain.
“The nose wound was left open deliberately – mauling every bear. The idea was that a jerk on the rope would cause the bear to stand on its hind legs as if dancing when in reality it was trying to escape the agony.
“The bears were forced to walk on hot coals and jump from foot to foot to mimic the dance, their teeth were knocked out to make them defenseless and easier to control.
“They were taught to play dead on the road on command, to look like they were playing guitar and to smoke cigarettes to get the attention of tourists, including Britons. It was completely barbaric .
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“When they weren’t working, they were tied to a short piece of rope and a stake in the ground – and nearly all the bears we rescued initially circled or swayed from side to side. another due to years of this.
“They all had the bear equivalent of PTSD and it was absolutely shocking to see. Our vets did their best to repair terrible injuries.
Dentists performed root canal treatments on bears, many of whom had their teeth smashed with iron bars to render them helpless.
Covid has prevented tourists from visiting the centres, but on their return, paying £5 entry, cameras are banned as even hearing the click of a lens can terrify bears – and some turn their backs on strangers.
The association has also launched a series of rescues in Armenia, where thousands of bears held in restaurants, gas stations and private collections are suffering in deplorable conditions.
It costs over £750,000 a year to feed and care for the bears, including their complex medical needs. Donate to International Animal Rescue at internationalanimalrescue.org/donate.
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