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Five Little Miracles

Help Care for the Five Little Miracles!

Help care for the Five Little Miracles!

​It is with a heavy heart that we share the story of five broken bears, smuggled from India into Nepal to be tortured and used as ‘dancing bears’. When we finally found them, we were devastated - they had already endured so much cruelty. The terrified bears showed no sign of aggression – or hope – they seemed to have completely given up on life. Rescuing these bears, bringing them to safety and caring for them for the rest of their lives is incredible costly. 

These five bears - two males and three females named Arthur, Molly, Ron, Ginny & Charlie - were captured from the wild and stolen from their mothers when they were just tiny babies. They have endured unimaginable suffering and Initial medical assessments have shown that all five bears are severely traumatised and require extensive medical treatment, possibly surgical intervention.

Please make a donation to help provide these beautiful broken bears with the love they so desperately need - whatever you can give to these little cubs today will be doubled and go twice as far!

For one week only all donations made in support of our ‘Five Little Miracles’ appeal will be matched, meaning your donation is worth twice as much!

Between 3rd-10th December donations will be kindly matched by a UK charitable foundation and American Actor and singer, Katherine McPhee Foster. Please consider sending a donation today, to ensure we can make the most of this special opportunity and double the impact of your gift.



will be doubled to £30/$30/€30 and

could buy the bears delicious healthy meals


will be doubled to £60/$60/€60 and

could help repair a broken bear


will be doubled to £150/$150/€150 and

could buy two relaxing hammocks!


could help buy a sweet log filled with honey as a delicious treat -

your first installment will be doubled!


could help keep our anti-poaching taskforce running -

your first installment will be doubled!


could help provide ongoing enrichment to keep the bears active -

your first installment will be doubled!


Bear Care and Rehabilitation

The process of turning a wild bear into a dancing bear is extemely cruel - first, the handler knocks the cub’s teeth out with a hammer. And if the terrified creature fights too hard to protect himself, his claws are pulled out too. Male cubs are brutally castrated. And all this barbaric mutilation is carried out without anaesthetic. The handler then forces a red-hot poker through the top of the bear’s snout and out through his nostril. By threading a knotted rope through the raw and weeping wound (which is never allowed to heal), the handler controls the bear by tugging on it - and so is able to make him ‘dance.’ What is sold as entertainment, is in reality a bear writhing in pain.

Rehabilitating these broken bears is extremely costly - we are currently caring for nearly 300 bears in the sanctuaries across India, all rescued from the cruel trade of bear dancing and the unimaginable pain of this barbaric practice. These bears are being looked after every day and night to make sure they live happy and healthy lives.

Bear Rescue and Anti-Poaching

The dancing bear trade might have been put to an end in India, but it's still vital that our anti-poaching campaign continues. Sloth bears are targeted by poachers for their body parts such as in Chinese medicines and as food in South-East Asia.

Poachers are also taking advantage of porous international borders to move sloth bears across and conceal themselves in remote areas. We often find bears are still being captured and smuggled into Nepal, where the enforcement of wildlife crimes is much more lax, enabling poachers and wildlife traders to pursue their criminal activities. We must continue to keep our ear to the ground and monitor these trading networks so that we can rescue these bears before they exit India.

Alternative Livelihood

Providing alternative sources of revenue for the bears’ owners in the form of our Kalandar Rehabilitation Project enabled us to encourage further Kalandars to surrender their bears, reduce the risk of future poaching and enable social development. By improving livelihoods, we laid a strong foundation for both conservation and sustainable development of an overlooked community of people.

We facilitated Kalandars learning new trades and for the first time Kalandar children were able to attend school and receive an education sponsored by the rehabilitation project. By diversifying their income, we increased the Kalandars resilience in a changing world, helping them build a stable community full of successful ethical small businesses.