Hai Chan, Thai Van and Thai Giang have left quarantine and moved to their outdoor enclosure at the BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh!

The bears are making remarkable progress. Thai Van and Thai Giang have been successfully socialised and spend time playing and wrestling. Hai Chan continues to amaze everyone. Curious and bright, she has quickly adapted to her new environment, making straw nests and enjoying her newfound mobility – moving around on the flats of her arms and the stumps. 

Watch a video of Hai Chan’s release:

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Hai Chan, Thai Van and Thai Giang have been rescued!

With your help, FOUR PAWS successfully rescued the three Asiatic black bears and transported them to our new BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh in Vietnam.

Years of abuse has visibly left its mark on these three bears, but thanks to your support, they can begin a new life in species-appropriate surroundings.

Now at the sanctuary, the bears will be thoroughly checked by our vets, and after a quarantine period, they’ll be released into their outdoor enclosure. For now, we’re thrilled to say that the bears are already progressing better than expected – Hai Chan especially!

Once again, thank you for making this rescue possible. We look forward to updating you on the bears as they leave quarantine and progress in the coming weeks and months!


Hai Chan is one of Vietnam’s saddest bears.

Trapped in a tiny cage, Hai Chan has lived most of her life on a bile bear farm in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.   

Malnourished and neglected, her small, rusty cage is barely big enough to move and fresh water is sparse. Her front paws are missing. The owner of the farm claims she lost them in a bear trap as a cub. More likely they were removed and sold to make bear paw wine.

As you know, the situation in Vietnam is critical. Approximately 1,300 bears like Hai Chan are living in tiny cages on bear farms across Vietnam, some still exploited for the illegal bear bile trade – in which bears have their bile brutally extracted from their gallbladders for use in medicinal products.

No bear should suffer this agony.

Hai Chan must be rescued. Will you help?

After months of negotiation, FOUR PAWS has finally reached an agreement with the Vietnamese authorities to rescue Hai Chan and two other bears, Thai Van and Thai Giang. This is great news, but agreements aren’t always final and people often change their minds. We must act now. Before it’s too late.

We’re desperate to give these bears a better life at our new BEAR SACTUARY Ninh Binh in Vietnam. But we need your support now more than ever.

Will you donate today?

Your support could help us save three lives, and help many other animals in need around the world.