The bear named Cholita was rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) after she was found with no claws, teeth and barely any fur. ADI are appealing to raise £135,000 to get Cholita on a flight to the United States alongside 33 rescued circus lions.
Cholita is an elderly Andean bear, which is an endangered species native to the region. She was kept in a 5ft box, her fingers were cut down to stumps and teeth deliberately shattered so she couldn’t defend herself.
Elaine Fairfax, Founder and Managing Director of Animal Friends said “I find it so sad that in this day and age circuses are still allowed to have performing animals and it is even more tragic that they are allowed to suffer in these conditions. As soon as I saw Cholita’s story I felt compelled to help. I feel strongly that no animal should ever be exhibited in this way and I hope this raises awareness of how these poor animals are trained to perform. Hopefully our donation can help Cholita to find a new, happier home.”
Animal Defenders International President, Jan Creamer: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Animal Friends, whose kind donation brings us a step closer to our target to help us rescue and rehome Cholita and nearly 70 lions, monkeys and other wild animals saved by Animal Defenders International from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru. Please join Animal Friends in giving lifesaving support and help us get the animals to their forever homes.”