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Last of Nepal dancing bears rescued by animal welfare group

One of the dancing bears rescued in Nepal (World Animal Protection)

The last two well-known dancing bears in Nepal and were snatched from their owners in a dramatic overnight rescue earlier this week, World Animal Protection announced on Friday.

The Jane Goodall Institute Nepal, with the support of the World animal protection and the Nepalese police, seized of the sloth bears — Rangila, a 19-year-old man, and Sridevi, a 17-year-old woman — after police maintained that the owners of mobile phones to the village of Iharbari.

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“We are pleased that the last two known Nepalese dancing bears rescued from their lives of suffering,” said Manoj Gautam of the Jane Goodall Institute Nepal. “After a year of tracking them, using our own intelligence and in cooperation with the local police, our hard effort and devotion has helped to put an end to this illegal tradition in Nepal.”

One of the dancing bears rescued in Nepal (World Animal Protection)

Dancing bears are snatched from their mothers at an early age and are subjected to rigorous training methods that make them humble enough to “dance” for the crowd of tourists. Rangila and Sridevi the owner had a red-hot rod to pierce through the bears nose and put a rope through them, to the control of the large beasts.

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The bears were cowering, pacing, and sucking their feet — signs of a very distressed state when they were rescued, according to the World Animal Protection, who has worked for 20 years to end bear dancing and bear baiting around the world.

One of the dancing bears rescued in Nepal (World Animal Protection)

“Rangila and Sridevi have suffered too long in captivity because they were poached from the wild,” said Neil D’Cruze of the World of animal protection. “It is very distressing to see animals that are stolen from the wild, and the sad reality is there are more wild animals suffering in the world, purely for the entertainment of tourists.

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“I’m glad for these two sloth bears, at least, a happy ending is finally in sight.”

The bears are placed in the temporary care of Amlekhgunj Forest and Wildlife Reserve.

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