The heartwarming moment Tuffy the bear joyously splashes around in a pool after being rescued from a brutal bile-extracting farm in Vietnam has been captured on video.
Following his rescue, Tuffy now lives at Animals Asia’s Vietnam sanctuary. The black bear’s gallbladder was so damaged that it had to be removed.
Tuffy had also had three fractured teeth and dry, cracked paws when he arrived for treatment at the sanctuary.
Tuffy the bear is seen splashing around the pool happily after being rescued from a bear bile farm.
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The adorable animal literally jumps for joy out of his pond in the Vietnam sanctuary.
Asian bile farms extract bile from bears, causing huge damage to their gallbladders, as Tuffy’s case sadly exemplifies.
The bile is then sold as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.
Fortunately, Tuffy is now enjoying his new life of freedom so much that he happily splashes and jumps around his pool.
Tuffy’s gall bladder was so damaged after years of being at the bile farm that it had to be removed.
But the bear couldn’t be happier now as he enjoys a swim at the sanctuary.
Animals Asia Bear Manager Louise Ellis said:
Coming from years of little or no water, for Tuffy this must feel like a true oasis after being parched and in pain for so long.
It must have felt like such a relief to have the freedom to splash around in the water after only being able to stand on the hard metal bars of the bile farm cage.
Tuffy jumped, leaped and dived under the water, celebrating his new found freedom.
Bear bile has become a $2-million-a-year industry and although there have been sustained efforts to stop the trade, there are still more than 1,200 bears in bile farms in Vietnam and over 10,000 bears in China.
Since the foundation was established in 1998, Animal Asia has rescued close to 600 bears from such farms and has set up two sanctuaries — one in Vietnam and one in China.
A bear raises her paws against its tiny cage’s bars at a bear bile farm in China.
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