Caesar the bear spent many years living under stressful conditions.
For years, the brown bear was held captive at a bile farm in China. Like thousands of other bears, Caesar was packed into a tiny cage, removed from sunlight and sat upright, attached to a painful metal waist belt.
“[It’s] the worst imaginable bile farm torture,” said Animals Asia.
The organization works tirelessly to provide welfare for domesticated cats and dogs as well as wild captive animals such as tigers and bears held in bile farms.
Caesar suffered from an open wound on her side, where bile drained from her gallbladder. She was forced to wear the torturous metal cylinder, stripping her hair and skin on her abdomen. The contraption kept in place the “crude” latex catheter that siphoned out the bile, as well as a metal box to collect it in.
“I remember only too well her rescue some four years ago when she bounced violently in her rusting cage on the bear farm in Tianjin and I thought she would crash through,” Jill Robinson, the founder of Animals Asia, wrote. “Caesar was understandably a very unhappy bear.”
Fortunately, Caesar was one of the few lucky bears to escape the bile industry. After years of recovery within Animal Asia’s Chengdu sanctuary, she is now happy and healed, regaining her strength and rebuilding her “majestic” coat.
“Caesar’s scars have all but disappeared and today she is an astonishingly beautiful (and formidable) bear,” Robinson said. “Weighing in at a humongous 271 kgs [598 lbs], Caesar is all muscle and all woman!”
Caesar has now spent twelve years within the Chengdu sanctuary.
“Seeing a bear shake themselves like this is always a moment full of awe — they’re such incredibly beautiful, powerful animals and none more so than Caesar,” Nic Field, director of the group’s China bear and vet team, said in a statement. “To see her out in the sunshine — a dozen years on from her rescue — it’s hard to imagine her existence back then.”
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