Brown Bears Tastes Freedom After Lifetime In A Cage
Tourists led the charge for Kai, the brown bear’s freedom after they witnessed his horrifying conditions in Japan
A new life to be a bear
Kai, the brown bear, has a new life as well, a bear. So do three of his fellow bears.
It’s all thanks to some British tourists who witness his terrible living conditions while they were traveling in Japan.
The Daily News reports it’s been a hard life for this beautiful creature. His mother was killed by hunters when he was just a cub. Kai was one of four bears who existed as ‘living’ exhibits in the Ainu Culture Museum on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s islands.
He has lived in a 6’x9′ cage ever since. The only surface his paws have ever touched was cold concrete.
But when some Western tourists witnessed this terrible situation on 2017, they brought the bears’ plight to the attention of Wild Welfare. They are a UK-based charity that comes to the rescue of captive animals who should be free.
Turns out, the museum wanted a better home for the bears, but couldn’t find a place in Japan. Wild Welfare helped re-locate the bears to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Kai and his three fellow bears were flown 5,400 miles earlier this month. It was quite a moment as they were allowed out of their cages for the first time in almost two decades.
Now they can roam, swim, play, and simply be bears.
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