A playful moon bear having a spa day
The Story of "Moon Bear Spa Day"
The endangered moon bears once thrived in Southeast Asia, but a history of bear bile farming nearly caused their extinction. The bile was used for medicine, but has had cruelty-free alternatives for DECADES! Slowly, the culture of condemning these adorable animals to a life of tiny cages and catheters is improving, but is still legal and problematic in China.
I had never seen a moon bear, or even heard of one for that matter, prior to happening upon them at a sanctuary in Luang Prabang, Laos. They are the second smallest of the bear species on Earth, larger only than sun bears.
I couldn't believe how small and playful they were to watch. They honestly look as much like dogs as they do bears!