Coco, one of the three rescued bears. Photo courtesy of Animals Asia Foundation
Hong Kong-based animal welfare group Animals Asia Foundation has brought three bears recently rescued from two bear bile farms in the south to a rescue center in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.
The bears are undergoing medical treatment at the Tam Dao National Park, about 85 km northwest of Hanoi.
Two of the bears, named Coco and Yogi by Animals Asia officers, were previously rescued from the farm owned by Pham Thi Thanh Binh in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre.
Coco, the 150-kg male, and Yogi, the 160-kg female, missed parts of their limbs probably from being caught in snares as cubs and are in exhausted condition as a result of 15 years of being kept in captivity for regular bile extraction.
The third bear named Bern, 200 kilograms in weight, was handed over to authorities by his farm owner in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
He had been kept in the farm for around 10 years.