Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Olivia Newton-John adopts moon bear

Actress Olivia Newton-John has adopted a moon bear in Nanning, China, that was rescued by the charity Animal Asia, after spending years trapped on a bear bile farm in China enduring agonising bile extractions. Olivia is just one of the bears rescued by the charity in what has been the world’s biggest bear rescue and is now at their sanctuary.


A health check last month revealed some of the trauma she'd suffered at the hands of the brutal industry.

She had been declared and her canine teeth had all been cut back to gum level leaving them badly infected and smelling horribly. The infection was so pronounced that it had spread to the surrounding bone. Mentally, too, Olivia bears scars. Her head is covered in wounds from where she has repetitively banged it against the bars of the cage.

Fortunately, vets found no terminal conditions and expect Olivia to make a full recovery.

Olivia Newton-John said: "I've followed Animals Asia's work for some time now and it is a pleasure for me to be involved in a project like Peace by Piece. I can't stand the thought of 10,000 bears suffering bile extraction across China. It is a cruel practice and has to end. I'm happy to be able to do my part and look forward to watching Olivia bear go from strength to strength under Animals Asia's care."

Olivia has joined a whole host of celebrities who have adopted bears including Ricky Gervais


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