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Official transfer of moon bear cubs to rescue centre
Tuesday, 13 September 2011: Two more little bears, confiscated from Dien Bien province in the north of Vietnam, joined our rapidly-growing family at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Vietnam. Confiscated several weeks ago, they were personally delivered to the centre by Dien Bien Forest Protection Department (FPD) officials.
Sa and Dung (pronounced “Zum”) are male cubs, weighing 15.8kg and 16.8kg respectively. They were confiscated by Dien Bien FPD from the Sa Dung area which is further north, and investigations are still on-going to establish their history and origin.
The bear and vet teams get to grips with unloading the cubs.
In the weeks since their rescue, the Dien Bien FPD have done a good job looking after the cubs, following our cub care guidelines very well, and had already nick-named the bears. Several of the officers delivered the cubs to the rescue centre and were happy to see some of the bears that they had previously confiscated as cubs and transferred to us, now grown up and running amok in the enclosures of House 1 and 2.
Sa and Dung were successfully transferred into one of our double recovery cages, where they will remain until their quarantine is done and our new Cub House is completed.
The cubs are transferred into a large, double recovery cage with FPD officials looking on.
Sa is the more relaxed of the two, eating well, and already enjoying the comforts of his mini-hammock. Dung is unfortunately very stereotypic at the moment and spends a lot of time pacing along one edge of the cage, which is really sad to see in such a little bear. He had a tight dog chain collar around his neck when he arrived, which makes us wonder what he has endured already in his short little life.
Both cubs appear to be in relatively good health, and they are eating well. They will be watched closely as they complete their quarantine period.