Advertisement
Monday, Dec 06, 2021
Outlook.com
animal rescue: bears

Go Home, Teddy

Rescued dancing bears find a home, unlearn their tricks

Go Home, Teddy
T. Narayan
Go Home, Teddy
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Wildlife SOS found that most of the qalandars hail from Kosi Kalan in UP. Says Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of Wildlife SOS, "They made us believe they had bred the bears in their backyard. But we discovered they were purchasing bear cubs from poachers." Training dancing bears involves brutal practices and the ABRF project took shape to put an end to these.

Wildlife SOS's research shows bear cubs are poached from the forests of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. The qalandars pay the poachers some Rs 500 to 1,500, and train them through a routine of pain and starvation. Less than a year old cubs are castrated using razors, to ensure they don't attack their owners. Thick iron needles are heated and driven through their muzzle without anaesthesia, and a rough rope is then pulled through the sensitive swollen muzzle. The canine teeth are knocked off using a metal rod, leaving the cub totally at the mercy of its owner.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Songs Of Freedom & Redemption: The Unsung Stars Of Hip-Hop

Songs Of Freedom & Redemption: The Unsung Stars Of Hip-Hop

In impoverished neighbourhoods across the world are the true heroes, the unsung stars of hip-hop.

Nagaland:14 Civilians, One Soldier Killed In Firing And Rioting

Nagaland:14 Civilians, One Soldier Killed In Firing And Rioting

Nagaland tension: The mob went on a rampage, demanding immediate action against the security personnel who was involved in the killing of the 13 civilians.

Patel Reflects On His 'Dream Year,' Talks About Three All-rounders

Patel Reflects On His 'Dream Year,' Talks About Three All-rounders

Axar Patel has so far claimed 36 wickets in five Test matches in 2021, including five fifers and one 10-wicket haul.

Himachal Pradesh Becomes First State To Achieve 100 % Vaccination

Himachal Pradesh Becomes First State To Achieve 100 % Vaccination

Himachal 100 % vaccination: Union Minister for Health Mansukh Manadaviya said the Himachal model will be replicated in other states in the country.

Advertisement