Morning had barely dawned on the Wildlife SOS Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Facility in Karnataka, and the bears were waking up to the smell of their morning porridge, when a panic stricken call from the Divisional Forest Officer of Ramanagara district informed the Wildlife SOS team of an injured bear lying in a stream near
Karadi was only 6 weeks old when he was rescued by Wildlife SOS from Hobli, Karnataka on 7th February 2005. At the time of his rescue, Karadi had a frail body frame weighing a mere 2.4 kilogram, was highly anemic and had an infected wound on his muzzle. In addition, he was suffering from
Four years old and nearly half the weight he should have been, Bhalu (whose name means ‘bear’ in Hindi) spent the first few years of his life slowly making his way through the streets of India led by a coarse rope strung painfully through a crude, raw piercing in his muzzle that had never
Under the afternoon shadow of the Taj Mahal, tourists walk over cold marble and damp grass. They take photographs of each other with the magnificent monument in the background, and listen as their guides tell them the story of the white marble structure and the emperor that built it. Enraptured by the heritage site,
Bizi is an 8 year old male sloth bear, currently residing at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility. ABRF has been Bizi’s home ever since he was rescued by Wildlife SOS, before being sold to a member of the Kalandar tribe into an agonizing life as a dancing bear. Luckily, Wildlife SOS found Bizi in
The month of ‘Shravan’ or ‘Sawan’ is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, considered auspicious for devotees of the Shiva, one of the primary Hindu gods. Mondays and festival days like Nag Panchami in particular are considered especially auspicious, and devotees flock to Shiv temples to pay homage to the deity. Due to
Karthikayani is a female sloth bear that has been living at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility ever since Wildlife SOS rescued her during an anti-poaching operation in Uttar Pradesh seven years ago when she was just two months old. At that time, she weighed 2.9 kilos.
Now seven years old and weighing approximately 95 kilos,
Butterball, a female sloth bear was rescued by Wildlife SOS almost twelve years ago, when she was ten-months old and weighed only 34 kilos. She was destined to be a dancing bear with a Kalandar family but, thanks to the Wildlife SOS anti-poaching team, today she lives a safe and happy life of freedom.
Maharani, like always, stays true to her name at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility and takes great pleasure in the royal treatment and respect given to her by her keeper and other bears. 13 years ago, she was rescued by Wildlife SOS from a village in Uttar Pradesh. She was weak and fragile at
When just three years old, Adelaide was rescued by the team of Wildlife SOS and the rope threaded through her muzzle was removed to live the rest of her life as a free sloth bear. Thin and scrawny at the time of the rescue and after spending 11 years at the rescue facility, she