Sloth Bear (2016)

$1800 USD
These bears have long been the subject of subjugation and abuse with their captors training them to dance on their hind legs using a tether through the incredibly sensitive nasal septum.The dancing bears have been trained for entertainment of tourists, and easy revenue for their captors. I visited the conservation project of Wildlife SOS in India which rescues and houses these somewhat shaggy, lumbering creatures, and I was struck by the professionalism and dedication of the venture under difficult and constrained conditions. All the housed animals bore the scars of the nasal septum tethers and teeth extractions, but they were all well healed and the animals healthy and interactive.

Sloth Bear

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