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(AU) This moon bear cub is one of the lucky ones, thanks to Aussie workers - The telegraph

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  • G. Moon
    *News link- http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/this-moon-bear-cub-is-one-of-the-lucky-ones-thanks-to-aussie-workers/story-e6freuy9-1226411538077 **WHEN they
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 28, 2012
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      **WHEN they saved him, Kobe the five-month-old moon bear had seen his
      mother shot dead by poachers who trapped him and tied him up in a jungle
      hideout. *

      The bear cub was due to join 10,000 other moon bears throughout Asia at a
      bear bile farm or, even worse, be killed and cut up, his body parts traded
      for use in traditional Asian medicine.

      Instead, Kobe was rescued from his fate by the work of Australian
      conservationists and three local forest rangers working in the Nam Kan
      National Park in Laos.

      The rangers, who were searching for poachers in the park, staked out a
      village for two days and then ambushed the poacher.

      He got away, but they were told by villagers about Kobe cowering in the
      jungle. They rescued him and took him to the Australian-funded Free the
      Bears Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre on June 13.

      Matt Hunt, chief executive of the Free The Bears conservation group said
      yesterday: "Moon bears and their babies in Laos are increasingly under
      threat from poaching and the bile trade.

      "Kobe is the 26th bear to arrive at the rescue centre since it was
      established in 2003 and the first bear to be rescued this year."

      Mr Hunt said demand for live bears is increasing to supply the illegal
      trade in their body parts or to replenish stock in bear bile farms.

      He said recent surveys conducted by Free The Bears in Bokeo province in
      Laos uncovered evidence of rapidly rising prices being paid for bears and
      their body parts, leading to sophisticated capture methods for wild bears.
      Some villages reported more than 20 bears being killed or captured from the
      Bokeo area each year.

      It is unknown how many moon bears survive in the wild in Laos, although
      their numbers are known to be in rapid decline due to illegal hunting and
      habitat loss.

      Bile extracted from moon bears, which got their name from the
      cream-coloured crescent moon shape on their chests, is used in traditional
      Asian medicines and is a digestive juice produced by the liver and stored
      in the gall bladder.

      The bears are commonly kept for as long as 12 years in cages as small as
      1.3m by 2m by 80cm to allow for easier access to their abdomen. The cages
      restrict the bears from standing upright.

      The bile is usually extracted twice a day through an implanted tube,
      producing up to 20ml of bile each time, although a slightly more humane
      "free drip" method, where a permanent hole or fistula is made in the bear's
      abdomen and gall bladder, is also used.

      *To find out more and to donate to the Wildlife Asia appeal for Free The
      Bears visit **wildlifeasia.org.au* <http://www.wildlifeasia.org.au>

      *

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      G. Moon
      Founder of moonbears.org
      SEL: (82)10 4735 0363
      HKG: (852) 903 706 12
      SYD: (61)2 9252 2036
      In harmony for no harm
      Find out about our latest moon bear news at http://www.moonbears.org
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      %EB%B0%98%EB%8B%AC%EA%B3%B0%ED%94%84%EB%A1%9C%EC%A0%9D%ED%8A%B8.org>
      Sign our 'Save Bears' petition at
      http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-bears-in-korea.html
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