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Smudge the rescue bear appears to be thriving



In China, more than 10,000 bears are kept in captivity. Animals Asia are devoted to improving the welfare of these animals, and are currently converting a bear bile farm in Nanning into a sanctuary. Smudge is a four-month-old cub who is the first bear to enjoy an enrichment program, leaving staff confident she will enjoy a bright future. She now enjoys a range of comforts like a paddling pool, teddy bear, and climbing frame.

Smudge the Rescue Bear Enjoys His Freedom

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Alice June 17 2014 at 8:07 AM

I'm confused: "bile bear farm" on the front page under the title implies this is a unique species of bear called a "bile bear"; then when I read the article, you attest that it's a "bear bile farm," where one assumes yone harvests bile from the bears, something Chinese would no doubt be ready to do if they assumed it cured scrofula or something. Please get it straight people. Reading the news on AOL is more an exercise in proofreading than an informative pastime.

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francescaorofino June 17 2014 at 8:35 AM

NO animals should be used and tortured for human purpose, period.

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judgejudy907 francescaorofino June 17 2014 at 10:26 AM

Tell that to my x wife when she beats me up like a dog.

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meepstein judgejudy907 June 17 2014 at 3:09 PM

Maybe you deserve it.

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HELLO SHELDON judgejudy907 June 17 2014 at 9:15 PM

become a big cat..tiger

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dickn2000b francescaorofino June 17 2014 at 11:02 AM

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 3:21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

If God says it's OK, who the fu** are you to challenge God?

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hello bobo June 17 2014 at 8:32 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bile_bear some people seemed oblivious to what 'bile bear' means. Its cruel and tortuous...

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uapptoo June 17 2014 at 8:32 AM

they should work on keeping the animals natural environment and allow them to live free and learn form their mother. Sad he will never know freedom.

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dpaton5420 June 17 2014 at 9:58 AM

The Chinese are mighty proud of the way they protect their wildlife; the fact that the African Elephant may be extinct in the wild in twenty years because of their, and the Vietnamese, penchant for ivory trinkets makes me puke. 30,000 killed last year, and they're proud of one cuddly bear cub!?

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d1anaw dpaton5420 June 17 2014 at 12:37 PM

Ummm I believe African elephants come from ummmm Africa. I suspect the ones in China might be Asian elephants.

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MNK d1anaw June 17 2014 at 1:29 PM

No dpaton means African. They are been poached and the ivory brutally removed to feed the ever growing demand for ivory in Asian countries. So yes, indeed, the Chinese will the reason the African Elephant goes extinct.

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suzannji2 d1anaw June 17 2014 at 3:36 PM

Most of the ivory being poached and traded comes from African elephants. There are more of them (although that will change pretty soon because of the slaughter) and they have bigger tusks.

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iolie45 June 17 2014 at 8:48 AM

Before getting excited over this story people need to look up what a bile bear farm is.
Which is one more torturous creation by the Chinese! If they are trying to "improve"
the life of bears, now (right!) why not have a teach/release program. Disgusting!!!
Bear is darling. The TRUTH, REALITY of what he is in for the rest of his life. And what
he is a "product" of is another. Nothing like cute pics, videos to PURPOSELY MISLEAD
the public.
Thanks AOL for the mislead title of in of itself story.

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NANCY June 17 2014 at 9:37 AM

Read what a bile bear's function is in China...it's horrible.

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happy2bgridfree NANCY June 17 2014 at 11:19 AM

Not much different in Russia and Eastern Europe. Know those "dancing bears" they are famous for, especially in their circuses? They take them as cubs and blind them, so that they are totally dependent on their trainers and will do whatever they are instructed to do.

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hello bobo June 17 2014 at 8:32 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bile_bear

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Lynne June 17 2014 at 10:14 AM

They need to go over to the Nanjing zoo and save the animals there. Terrible place.

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anap123 June 17 2014 at 10:04 AM

Why everybody is so sick?(yeah, I know they called political correct).
Without it, everybody will called this what it is, a really a barbaric custom of a people they think they are 'civilized'.

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