From: He’Art of Rescue
What you are about to hear is perhaps one of the most cruel cases of criminal abuse.
His name is Mocha, and he spent the last week in a shelter trying to survive from the trauma of an incredible incident.
Mocha had once a family, a family that kept him in the corner of their garden as a guard dog. The lack of care and love of that lifestyle seemed not cruel enough for this family, because they decided to get rid of him “a la turca” – leaving him at the side of the highway so that he would disappear – FOREVER!
Bypassers reported that the last time they had seen Mocha, a group of kids around 12 years old, had tied him with a rope and were pulling him around like a toy that had lost his soul.
It must have been extremely easy to approach Mocha, his friendly and calm nature must have made him an easy target for these children. The next time Mocha was seen he was dragging his body with a huge bleeding wound on his neck,
The kids had tried to strangle Mocha witha rope.
But that was not enough, that had also made a hole in his trachea with a knife – a hole so deep that Mocha is no longer able to breathe through his nose but through this new hole on his neck called a tracheal avulsion.
It is a miracle that Mocha survived this incredible abuse.
MOCHA stayed 10 days in this state in a public shelter, breathing through that hole, open to all sorts of infection, fighting for food with other dogs in his cage.
Please watch this video:
Mocha’s wound is so deep that he can not breathe properly. Every now and then his breathing gets interrupted by a series of coughs. It is absolutely heart-breaking struggle to breathe,
The GOOD NEWS is that we can fix this horrible wound.
Mocha’s trachea can be returned to its normal function through an operation. He will be able to breathe again normally after his surgery. But there is absolutely no time to lose, Mocha needs to have this operation in the next couple of days as soon as we have made sure that he can tolerate anesthesia.
WE CAN NOT DO IT ALONE!!
If you are reading this, it means that you ae one of those special people who would not turn your back on a desperate animal in need of your help. Mocha is one of these souls that would simply fade away if we do that.
Please help us SAVE MOCHA by contributing whatever you can for his operation.
Updates on Mocha’s status will be shared through our FACEBOOK PAGE and privately to our contributors.
Mocha will need the best family out there once his treatment finishes. Are you that special one?
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All are healing prayes and blessings for a speedy recovery!! ❤
Januay 27, 2015 by Sarah Dempsey
Bear Manager Sarah Dempsey has spent over two years caring for moon bears at Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre – making her perfectly placed to put the record straight about these wonderful, charismatic animals.
1/ There aren’t bears in Vietnam, are there?
Yes, bears are native to Vietnam! One of the first things I hear when I say I work with bears at Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre is: “I didn’t know there were bears in Vietnam?” Well, yes there are!
Asiatic black bears are native to Vietnam and throughout southern Asia from Pakistan to the islands of Japan. There are also other species of bears native to Asia and these include the smallest of the bear species, also native to Vietnam, sun bears (of which we have eight at our Vietnam Sanctuary).
Other bears in Asia include sloth bears and probably the most famous and easily recognisable, giant pandas.
2/ So Asiatic black bears are the same as North American black bears right?
Wrong! Asiatic black bears and American black bears are close relatives – closer than the six other living bear species – though there are notable differences. Similar in size to the American black bears, their fur is longer giving them a shaggier appearance often characterised by the long “ruff’ which most Asiatic black bears have around the neck.
In northern parts of their range, Asiatic black bears tend to hibernate, but in the southern limits of their range they’re less likely to. Meanwhile American black bears hibernate throughout the extent of their range and lack the characteristic moon–shaped crescent of pale yellow fur on their chest. And the nicest thing of all, unlike the smaller ears of American black bears, Asiatic black bears have the ears that have earned them the nickname of Mickey Mouse bears!
3/ All bears are carnivores right?
Wrong! Like many other bear species, moon bears belong to the order Carnivora but are omnivores. Greenery – or browse – from trees makes up the bulk of their wild diet along with fruits and available vegetables such as sweet potato and corn. In smaller amounts they also enjoy insects, small mammals, fish and reptiles. They are incredibly opportunistic foragers, so food which humans have left behind makes its way in there too!
At Animals Asia we try to replicate (the healthier parts) of a wild diet by providing the bears with daily native browse such as bamboo, jack fruit and ficus, fruits, vegetables and a small amount of dry dog food. As we keep them in semi-wild enclosures there is often the opportunity to forage for insects too, particularly termites, ants and earthworms. In the wild their diet also adheres to seasonal trends so we replicate this to the best of our ability by offering seasonal soft fruits in summer and chestnuts in winter.
One of their absolute favorite foods both in the wild and here is honey, very much like the most famous bear of all! Though as this is a rarer and highly prized treat for wild bears, we also only use honey as an occasional high-ranking reward.
4/ Bears are highly aggressive and therefore difficult to work with
Although Asiatic black bears have some notoriety for being aggressive when they come into contact with people in the wild (mainly if someone accidentally gives them a fright, or comes between a mother and cubs) this is actually a benefit in countries where they are frequently poached to be sold into the bear bile trade, and is far from true if captive bears are managed appropriately.
When we rescue bears and bring them to our centres they will eventually be integrated into larger groups in bear houses that enjoy the benefits of large semi-wild enclosures. We use positive reinforcement to allow us to manage them easily in this type of setting.
This is the process of increasing the chance of a behavior recurring by rewarding it. We use small pieces of fruit as rewards for bears when we need to move them between dens and in or out of the enclosures.
We do the same when we need to see a bear close up for a quick health inspection or when a problem is reported, and also to weigh our bears on a regular basis. We find that when working with bears this way and always providing them with choice, we see calm bears that seem to enjoy interacting with staff and some love weigh days so much we struggle to get them to go back out when we’ve finished!
5/ Bears don’t feel pain, right?
Very wrong! In February 2013, the China Daily quoted the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as saying, “The process of extracting bear bile was as easy, natural and painless as turning on a tap. After the operation was done, bears went out to play happily.” This is – as you can imagine – absolutely incorrect. Bile is extracted using various painful, invasive techniques, all of which cause massive infection.
The pain bears on farms are clearly suffering from is often characterised not only by their physical condition but also by self-mutilation, noise, aggression, stereotypic behaviours (repetitive behaviours which serve no purpose but are commonly thought of as a coping mechanism) and in some animals complete apathy, all of which can be commonly seen in bears on bile farms.