Young bears Kai and Rick lived their entire lives in small cages. After their mother was killed by poachers, the cubs were sold. Four live bears were on display concurrently at the Ainu people’s museum of culture in Hokkaido, where the cubs were given. The museum has a bear cult.
A year and a half ago, two British tourists who were visiting this museum noticed the unfortunate bears in the cages and notified the Wildlife Rescue Society.
The personnel began the process of releasing the four bears as soon as they arrived on the scene. Only last summer were they given permission to do so, with the cages housing the saved bears being sent to the UK.
Over the course of their trip, the bears covered around 9000 kilometers. The bears started their journey in the plane’s cargo hold and finished it in vehicles.
They traveled with five professional vets who kept an eye on their welfare; the cages had built-in air conditioners.
The bears were given delicious gifts like honey and apples in addition to their regular food to make the journey easier. Since they had never experienced the flavor of such delicacies in captivity, they ate everything in a rush.
Kai and Rick were moved to a wildlife park in Yorkshire and let loose in a gated area with grass and swimming pools. The unfortunate creatures couldn’t believe how lucky they were.
When Kai was given the chance to run and lay down on the grass to enjoy the sun, he became joyful. Kai started to touch the earth with care and amazement.
Despite this being their first swim, they were able to dive and swim properly immediately away because to their instincts. Due to their underweight and vitamin deficiencies, the bears are currently receiving active feeding.
Additionally, the unhappy animals had damaged teeth because of their long captivity and vitamin deficiency, which prevented their teeth from doing their job and harmed the animals’ health. They also have slow muscles, unruly hair, and bald spots on their faces from rubbing against the rods for extended periods of time.
Hanako and Amu, two more bears who are both 27 years old, are presently undergoing rehabilitation because of the serious impact that aging has done to their health.
It was crucial for zoo defenders to save the lives of these cubfoot bears since the bears who were saved are Japanese brown bears, of which there are only around 10,000 left in their natural habitat.