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‘Dancing Bear’ Poachers Arrested at Indo-Nepal Border by Wildlife SOS

Wildlife SOS was called upon to rescue more dancing bears—this time at the Indo-Nepal border. Arrests were made and bears were relocated to a Wildlife SOS Sanctuary. (Full Story)

“In an all-night anti-poaching rescue operation, based on intelligence provided by Wildlife SOS, four young sloth bears were seized from poachers on the Indo-Nepal border. Six persons were arrested by police and the Forest Department in the night-long operation that lasted several hours. The seizure occured in the Sahibganj district of Jharkhand.

The four male bears rescued were aged between 15 months to 3 years and had been smuggled into India from Nepal by members of the Kalandar tribe.

Wildlife SOS working with the Indian authorities had successfully ended the illegal and brutal practice of Dancing Bears across India with support from our international partners Free the Bears Fund and International Animal Rescue in an effort that started in 1995 and rescued the last dancing bear in 2009.”
—Wildlife SOS, India, USA, UK

rescued bear gently placed in transport cage

Rescued bear gently placed in transport cage

truck transporting 4 bears from indo nepal border enters the Agra Bear Rehabilitation Center 19 Feb 2013

Truck transporting 4 bears from Indo-Nepal border enters the Wildlife SOS Agra Bear Rehabilitation Center

bears being unloaded from truck at the WSOS hospital 19 Feb 2013

Bears being unloaded from truck at the WSOS hospital

rescued bear has a drink of water in a den where he will be safe


  1. Kumar
    Bardia, Nepal
    February 27, 2013, 4:07 pm

    good news,,,thanks SOS

  2. mark
    February 20, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Good job Wildlife SOS !

  3. Emanuela Avallone
    Milan Italy
    February 20, 2013, 5:40 pm

    At least a good new .thanks !