Misty (who has been given a new name of Zilla), Rene and Sihu have joined fellow rescued bears at the Balkasar sanctuary, where staff are still mourning the loss of Pari, a bear also rescued from bear baiting, who died recently from what we believe was a fatal snake bite.
New name for Misty: Zilla
As with all rescued bears, Misty has also been given a beautiful new name, Zilla, to mark the beginning of her new life at the WSPA-funded Balkasar bear sanctuary.
A new life for Zilla, Rene and Sihu
The three bears are now safely at the sanctuary, where they will live in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible, with trees, pools and shaded areas.
Upon arrival, the BRC sanctuary staff carefully freed the three bears from their nose rings and chains which have bound them for so many years. Then staff treated the bears’ terrible injuries to their noses and muzzles, a common injury that these animals suffer after being used for bear baiting events.
Rest and recovery
The three bears are now resting and recovering in the quarantine area of the sanctuary before they can join the other fourteen resident bears. WSPA supporters will be pleased to learn that the smallest of the three bears, Rene (meaning “Reborn”) is doing particularly well, developing a healthy appetite and finishing her meals in minutes!
Although bear baiting is illegal in many parts of the world, events still take place in rural Pakistan. The owners of the bears, traditionally known as Kalandars, tether the bear to the ground to then be attacked and mauled by trained fighting dogs.
Up to 2,000 locals will watch for ‘entertainment’, as the bear is attacked by the trained dogs. WSPA is in partnership with our local partner, the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) to stop this needless suffering.