http://www.youtube.com/user/HKAAF#p/u/7/uKSMfZbBT18 Moon Bears are large, black, furry and relatively placid bears – they are magnificent animals to behold. Sadly there are parts of China and other countries in Asia that exploit theses bears very cruelly for their bile.
Working with the Chinese government authorities, Animals Asia has now rescued 277 bears in China to their moon bear rescue sanctuary there and a further 79 have been rescued to the charity’s sanctuary in Vietnam. They have been rescued from their torturous lives in coffin or crush cages (some for as long as 30 years) and now live in a Moon Bear paradise – free to feel the grass beneath their feet, see the sky and interact with other bears. 14,000 bears still remain trapped on farms across China and Vietnam having their bile extracted daily for use as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, although plenty of herbal and synthetic alternatives exist.
Bears really do love honey and these Moon Bears are no exception. How about we go and get some mega pots to feed them. Would you like to join me – and many others – by clicking here ?
Once purchased Animals Asia will receive it and it will be passed on to one thoroughly deserving trooper of a bear. Come on – let’s spoil these heroes to bits. They have been through so much. Thank you.
In my pledge to help raise funds for these bears I am painting their gorgeous faces from wonderful photographs that fill the coffee table book. With its moving imagery and heart-wrenching text you will see why these animals need our help. To see some preparatory sketches I have done just scroll down but bear in mind that these are not completed works just warm-ups!
Enjoy! And to find out more about the work of Animals Asia, click www.animalsasia.org
Here is my completed practice sketch of Prince.
See below a few of the steps I took to create him…
Chance to play with the right colours to capture the essence of a Moon Bear!
Starting to add the darker tones of Prince’s lustruous black fur.
Getting into the detail of his eyes.
…and here is Prince. Thank you to Animals Asia for allowing me to use their very special images.