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19-Year-Old Bear Forced To Dance & Live in Tragic Conditions at Zoo Finally Rescued


A retired dancing bear in Nepal named Rangila is finally getting a chance to live a carefree life thanks to the work of two partnering nonprofit organizations.

The International Animal Rescue, which has been involved with the dancing bear rescue project since 2002, partnered with Wildlife S.O.S. to help conduct the rescue.

Rangila and another bear named Sridevi were rescued off of the streets of Nepal and were supposed to come straight to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility. But due to complications, the two bears ended up staying in a poorly kept zoo in Kathmandu.

Having experienced extreme trauma during their captivity, the bears displayed both physical and emotional signs of their past abuse.

The graphic nature of their physical abuse is truly heartbreaking.

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“Having been taken from their mothers when they were still small cubs, both animals had had their teeth knocked out, their noses pierced with a hot iron rod and a coarse rope forced through the open wound,” the International Animal Rescue described in a heartbreaking Facebook post.

The Indian sloth bears are then ruthlessly trained to perform tricks and dances in the streets.

Before the rescue teams were able to get back to the pair, Sridevi died from a lack of proper care at the zoo.

Sridevi’s death motivated the two nonprofits to act even sooner.


After seven months of negotiations, Wildlife S.O.S. and International Animal Rescue were approved to bring Rangila back to India.

Rescuers were able to pick up the now 19-year-old bear on July 10, 2018, to start the trek back to India.

The crew planned many stops along the way to make sure Ranglia was well fed and still healthy.

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Just a day later, the convoy arrived at the Agra Bear Rescue.

Thanks to the efforts of the International Animal Rescue and Wildlife S.O.S., Ranglia will be able to start living a pain-free life!

If you would like to donate to the Agra Bear Rescue to help Ranglia and other bears like him, visit Wildlife S.O.S.’s website.

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
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