Touching footage shows how two rare bear cubs, whose cubs were stolen by animal dealers, underwent a thorough medical examination.
The footage shows one of the bears being taken to the veterinarian, where he is carefully examined after anesthesia. He can then be seen fully conscious again after a medical examination.
The video was sourced from Perth Zoo in Australia, where a statement was released saying: “The sun bears Bopha and Jamran are former victims of the illegal wildlife trade but have found their eternal home at Perth Zoo after being rescued by Free the Bears.” “.
Free the Bears, also known as the Free the Bears Fund, is an Australian wildlife charity.
Perth Zoo also said: “They have had a rocky start in life, but regular medical checkups help them stay in top shape as veterinarians can monitor body condition, dental health, joint mobility and more.
“We are pleased to report that both bears appear healthy for their age.”
The zoo added: “Having been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade as infants, our guardians closely monitor the health and well-being of the two sun bears.
“Bears have individual welfare plans consisting of enrichment activities, specialized diets and, of course, scheduled visits to the veterinary clinic every couple of years.
“This month, the bears underwent a general examination under anesthesia, where teams could come closer to examine their body condition, dental health, joint mobility, and take pathological samples for testing.”
Senior Veterinarian Rebecca Vaughan-Higgins said: “These scheduled medical checkups are a great way to thoroughly check the health of our animals.
“Even if we don’t have problems, it’s always good to have x-rays and blood work to use as a basis for any potential future health problems.
“The bears look healthy for their age, but they needed a good scale and polish to get rid of the tartar.
“Overall, the procedures for both Jamran and Bofa went well, there were no health problems and they recovered well from anesthesia.”
The zoo explained that the two bears came under their care in 2007 after they were taken by poachers as babies. The zoo said that Bopha was found “living as an illegal pet and Jamran was found tied up in the restaurant and on the menu.”
Vaughan-Higgins said: “X-rays and mobility checks are especially important for Jamran, as he suffered some long-term paw injuries from being tied up before the rescue.”
She added: “We like to keep a close eye on his paws to make sure he doesn’t have any pain or mobility issues that may need to be treated.”
The zoo said: “Over the past 15 years, the caretakers of the Perth Zoo have worked hard to develop strong bonds with our bears, providing them with a lifestyle that closely mimics what they were expected to lead in the wild. Although they had a terrible start in life, Bopha and Jamran are among the lucky ones.
“Unfortunately, many wild bears continue to fall prey to illegal poaching and compete for dwindling resources due to habitat loss.”
Sun Bears (Helarktos Malay) are listed as “Vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
According to the IUCN Bear Specialist Group, their Southeast Asian rainforest population has declined by 35 percent over the past 30 years due to the wildlife trade and habitat fragmentation.
This story was provided by Newsweek Zenger News.