Kai and Rick, two young bears, spent their whole lives in tight cages. Poachers killed their mother, and the cubs were sold. The cubs were taken to Hokaido and given to the Ainu people’s museum of culture, which has a bear cult, where four live bears were on display at the same time.
Two tourists from the United Kingdom visited this museum a year and a half ago, and it was they who saw the poor bears in the cages and informed the Wildlife Rescue Society.
When the employees got on the scene, they started the procedure of freeing the four bears. And it was only last summer that they were allowed to do so, with the cages containing the rescued bears being shipped to the United Kingdom.
The bears traversed about 9000 kilometers throughout their journey. The bears travelled in the plane’s cargo hold at first, then completed their journey in automobiles.
They were accompanied by five experienced vets who kept an eye on their well-being during the journey; the cages had built-in air conditioners.
To make the voyage easier for the bears, they were given delectable treats in the form of honey and fruits in addition to their regular food. They were unfamiliar with the taste of such delights in captivity, and they devoured everything in an instant.
Kai and Rick were transferred to a Yorkshire wildlife park and released into a fenced-in area with grass and swimming ponds. The hapless animals couldn’t believe their good fortune.
Kai began to touch the ground with care and wonder, and later, when he was given the opportunity to run and rest on the grass while basking in the sun, he became happy.
Despite the fact that this was their first swim, their instincts did not fail them, and they were able to dive and swim properly right away. The bears are now being actively fed due to their underweight and vitamin deficiency.
Furthermore, the unfortunate creatures had harmed teeth: a lengthy existence in a cage and a lack of vitamins could not help but perform their work and not harm their health. They also have unkempt hair and a slow muscular system, as well as bald areas on their faces from rubbing on the rods for lengthy periods of time.
Two more bears, Hanako and Amu, both 27 years old, are currently undergoing rehabilitation since their health has been badly harmed as a result of their advanced age.
The rescued bears belong to the category of Japanese brown bears, of which there are no more than 10 thousand individuals left in their natural habitat, and it was for this reason that it was so important for zoo defenders to save the lives of these cubfoots.