VIDEO: Heart-warming video of ‘real life Paddington Bear’ returned to the forest
Cholita, the bear with no hair, celebrates a year in the forest as Animal Defenders International (ADI) launches appeal to rescue another bear to join her – and also launches an initiative across South America to protect endangered Spectacled bears after reported attacks.
Lima, Peru: Watch and enjoy this wonderful video celebrating a year in the jungle for hairless Spectacled bear Cholita, dubbed the ‘real life Paddington bear’. The elderly bear had been mutilated in a circus – her fingers cut off and her teeth snapped off – and had lost all her fur due to stress. Her story captured the hearts of people across the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F5snjzEsFc
Cholita was rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) and taken home to the forest from where she had been stolen some 20 years earlier. She is cared for in a specially built ADI enclosure and now has two more spectacled bears as neighbours – Lucho and Sabina.
In poor health when rescued, even provided with an oxygen tent when ADI took her over the Andes to her new home, Cholita has flourished and is enjoying life back in the forest.
ADI has launched an appeal to rescue another balding lady spectacled bear called Dominga, who is currently living alone in a small zoo in the Andes, as there is no other place for her. ADI must raise ￡18,000 to cover the cost of completing an enclosure next to Cholita’s, a rescue and veterinary team, travel crate and transport.
http://www.ad-international.org/animal_rescues/go.php?id=4242&ssi=24or call 020 7630 3340.
Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer said “It is an absolute joy to see Cholita enjoying her new home, and the sights and sounds of the forest which she was cruelly denied as a baby. Now the future of another bear hangs in the balance. Dominga’s forever home awaits her in the forest – please help us rescue Dominga.”
ADI is also launching an initiative across South America for the protection of Spectacled bears, following the discovery of a severed bear claw by wildlife officials at the Colombian National Park headquarters, alongside an anonymous note threatening further bear killing.
Images and video of Cholita and Dominga
Operation Spirit of Freedom
Cholita was rescued as part of Animal Defenders International’s Operation Spirit of Freedom, a mission in collaboration with Peru’s authorities to enforce their law prohibiting wild animal circuses. ADI tracked down and raided circuses all over Peru, completely closing down the cruel circus industry and rescuing over 100 animals. Almost all of the animals were returned to their natural habitats with the bears returned to the forest, monkeys to Amazon and over 30 lions were flown to a sanctuary in South Africa where ADI cares for them.
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Ending the suffering of animals in captivity and protecting wild animals and their environments
ADI is active worldwide to end the suffering of captive animals in commercial use: animals used in entertainment – film, television, advertising, circuses and sport or leisure such as hunting or for products such foods or fur. Replacement of animals in scientific research; funding and promotion of non-animal advanced methods. ADI investigates, produces evidence and reports on the scientific, legal and economic issues for each case study, recommending solutions. Information is distributed to the media, public and officials. Where ADI’s evidence has been a catalyst for change, we collaborate with governments to conduct large scale seizures or rescues of wild animals in captivity and relocate them to forever homes – back to their natural habitat wherever possible.