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Kept in a basement: Free Xuan and Mo from a life in darkness

Breaking news!

Xuan and Mo were successfully rescued! On Tuesday the 23rd of March our team arrived in the Son La Province. Luckily, the bears were quite calm and not afraid when our team approached them. Maybe they knew that we want to change their life for the better. After a 10 hour drive, they finally arrived at their new home in our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.

Bears are very resilient, but it will be a long way to recovery nonetheless. Both suffer from gallbladder disease. Xuan additionally has a liver disease and his teeth in terrible condition.

You can still support their recovery. Will you help them to start their new life?


A life in darkness

No light, no ventilation or fresh air, nothing but the rusty bars of tiny barren cages. Kept in a windowless and wet basement since they were cubs, bears Xuan and Mo have suffered unimaginably.

The only time they get to see light is when their owner comes to feed them or worse: puncture their gallbladder with a needle, a painful procedure to extract their bile. This bile was used for medicinal purposes by the family of the owner. For years these bears have known nothing but pain and abuse. Without our help, Xuan and Mo will go through this cruelness until the end of their life.

Our team is still shocked by what they discovered in Son La Province, Vietnam. These keeping conditions are one of the worst we’ve ever seen. We have to get them out as soon as possible. Will you join this mission and support their rescue?

They deserve so much more in life

At our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, they could get all the care and time they need to recover from the horrors they have endured. There, they could discover for the first time what a species-appropriate life for bears can look like. But we can’t rescue them without you.

The fate of Xuan and Mo depends on your donation. Will you help us to rescue them?

How your donation can change the lives of Xuan and Mo: 

  • They will be relocated to our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 

  • They will get the extensive veterinary care they urgently need 

  • They will have access to a large outdoor enclosure 

  • They will get enrichment, bedding material and showers 


Images © Hoang Le | FOUR PAWS