The rescued Asiatic moon bear to be sponsored by Swindon’s Animals Asia Foundation support group will be connected to the town via its famous magic roundabout and is to be called Zebedee, following a competition in the July Link magazine.
Support group coordinator Sarah Chilvers from Peatmoor said she had received a number of interesting suggestions and had decided on Zebedee, right, for two reasons. “The winner is Sue Prince from Lancashire who told me everybody knows Swindon for the magic roundabout. Making this connection will raise the profile of Animals Asia.
“Secondly, remember how Zebedee pops out of a box as if he’s been trapped? Moon bears are quite literally trapped in cages and kept illegally in China and Vietnam.
“The £5,000 sponsorship raised by Swindon people has given freedom to one more bear and the more we raise the more we will be able to help rescue others.”
The male bear allocated to Swindon was kept for 14 years locked in a cage no bigger than its body in a domestic kitchen in Vietnam, and milked for bile through a catheter permanently fixed to his body.
Sarah said he’s enjoying his den and the company of another bear and will gradually be introduced to others in the Animals Asia sanctuary.
All who suggested a name were entered into a draw and the winner, who receives a framed print of a moon bear by Rachel Stribling is Lauren Spiers. Sue will receive a framed photograph of Zebedee.
See the advert below to take part in the Animals Asia Swindon Walk for Freedom around Lydiard Park with TV celebrity antiques expert Paul Martin on 5 September.
Sarah is organising a charity curry night on 4 October where the guest speaker is Jill Robinson, founder of Animals Asia. Only a few of the 60 tickets are still available. To book one at £20, mail: email@example.com
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