In Vietnam, a group of volunteers from the nonprofit ‘Four Paw’ rescued two bears trapped in the dark for nearly 17 years in a basement in the city of Son La and subjected to bile removal. The rescued bears were taken to a shelter in the city of Ninh Binh.
According to the news in the British press, a group of volunteers from the non-profit organization ‘Four Paw’ in the country’s Son La city, two bears, one male and one female, who had been trapped in the dark for about 17 years in the basement of a clothing store and were subjected to procedures such as bile removal.
The bears, Mo and Xuan, were said to have seen artificial light when they were subjected to bile removal, while volunteers reported that the basement in question was rarely ventilated and the cages where the animals were kept were rusty and dirty.
Mo and Xuan, on the other hand, were given only rotten vegetables, the bears lost their teeth because they tried to bite the cages, and had gallbladder problems caused by bile removal.
Authorities also said Xuan, the male bear, had been there since he was a cub, but it was not known how long Mo had been with Xuan.
The rescued bears were reportedly taken to a shelter in the city of Ninh Binh.
The component, known as bear bile, is a highly valuable substance in traditional Asian medicine, the liquid is extracted from the gallbladder and collected by predators, the report said. However, in the 1980s, bile began to be extracted from bears, which were usually kept in small cages.