Wild animals like bears are meant to live out their lives happily in the wild, yet many bears find themselves part of an illegal underground trade that inhumanely cages them and harvests their bile for traditional eastern medicine.
This black Asiatic bear named Tuffy grew up in a bile farm from the time he was a baby, but rather than spend his days frolicking outside in the fresh air, he was kept in a cramped cage not much bigger than a phone booth, and his bile was taken through cruel and painful extraction methods. In fact, when he was rescued from one of the illegal farms, his paws were cracked and his gallbladder had to be removed as it was so damaged.
Animals Asia, an animal rescue and welfare organization that tries to rescue and put an end to bear bile farming, freed Tuffy from his abusers and have been helping him recover ever since. Instead of a cramped cage, Tuffy now has a massive, clean enclosure with his own pool where he is free to play all day long.
Animal Asia managed to capture the inspiring moment Tuffy first got to feel the warm sun on his skin, as they released him to his new home. He immediately charged towards the pool, and splashed around like a goofy child despite everything he had gone through.
Watch the entire video below to see Tuffy’s incredible reaction to his new home after years of abuse.
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[Featured image credit: Youtube/Animals Asia]