Every day is a source of sadness for Raju the bear.
Raju is injured by his owner for performing on the streets of India to collect tips, with a rope tied around his nose controlling his every move.
Raju appeared to be dancing to passers-by, but he was actually wriggling in misery as his master tugged the rope back and forth like a sadistic puppeteer.
This was Raju’s and many other sloth bears’ daily lives on India’s streets, where the practice had been practiced for over 400 years.
He was the last remaining endangered sloth bear in the business, signaling the country’s historic end to the unlawful activity.
Raju, a 19 years old bear rescuer at the SOS Bannerghatta Wildlife Bear Rescue Center, is now enjoying the best life imaginable, but his rescuers will never forget the horrific abuse he endured.
“The scar on Raju’s disfigured snout and the many missing teeth serve as constant reminders of the atrocities committed on hundreds of innocent bear lives, all in the name of the dancing bear practice that was once widespread in India,” co-founder Wildlife SOS, Geeta. Seshamani said in a statement. “However, despite everything he’s been through in the past, Raju turns out to be a bear with extraordinary strength and emotional character.”
Raju, who lives in the reserve with hundreds of other bears, is celebrating his 9 years of freedom this year. He spent his days hunting for food, climbing trees, and resting in the sun, rather than living in misery.
The journey here was not easy, but because of his savior, Raju has finally found peace.
Dr. Arun. A. Sha, head of rescue veterinary operations, stated, “Over the years, we have watched Raju develop and evolve into a strong and energetic bear.” “From a location where all hope seems lost to this little sanctuary where Raju and hundreds of other bears have found their home and freedom, this has been an incredible journey for all of us.”
Original source: dailyphew