Bear Rescue

Suddenly the dugdugi or some time I as child would call it a damru started beating which was an indication enough that Madari is on the road. Playing, studying or sleeping I would just get up, wake my little brother up drag a table to the door and open the latch that was well above my height and the only tool for my Aaya ji to keep the children inside during the scorching summer sun of Lucknow. All this was just to see the monkeys dancing or a hefty sloth bear showing us all the tamasha that was worth a 50 ps coin at the end of it. I remember my brother wanting to sit on it and I did all that I could to give him that dream ride.

I grew older and saw so many doing the same but never realised the story behind all this till just last year when I met a good friend Vasudha in Agra, who informed me about a project that she was associated with called Wildlife SOS a bear rescue facility established in Sur Sarovar Sanctuary just 12 km away on Agra-Delhi highway. My curiosity took me there and this 30 min drive with Vasudha was enough to make me realise the pain that sloth bears went through, just to entertain me as a child.

The worst part is that a three month old cub is pierced in its nose with red-hot iron, to make way for a plastic rope that would remain there for all its life and make it stand and shake as a dancer not to the tune of the dugdugi but due to pain that it feels when the rope is pulled. The teeth are smashed, claws clipped and it is made to stand on a hot tin plate so that it learns jumping and swaying.

This bear rescue centre saves these poor creatures and rehabilitates them in an area with no less than 200 other rescued bears. Since the year 2000 this rescue centre has been working and none of us knew about it. Tornos Foundation committed it self to support this cause not only by way of monetary help but also through its parent companies TORNOS and Indian Frontiers taking all its guests to the Bear Rescue Centre during a tour of Agra.

KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME : www.wildlifesos.org

 

 It is never too late to realise the fact that, first it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute you find yourself in that position, the next thing you should do is to reach out your arms to others who have not stood. You can contribute to us not only financially but other ways too. How ? 

 

Donation does not necessarily come in huge sums. It could be just a few rupees saved by way of smoking a cigarette less a day, or drinking a peg lesser once a week, or may be just collecting the money that you might have earned by selling household junk, old news-papers and magazines. You may also donate your household goods, old clothes, toys, books etc., Know how ?

 


The worst part is that a three month old cub is nailed in its nose with red-hot iron, to make way for a plastic rope that would remain there for all its life and make it stand and shake as a dancer not to the tune of the dugdugi but due to pain that it feels when the rope is pulled. The teeth are smashed, claws clipped and it is made to stand on a hot tin plate so that it learns jumping and swaying. More...

 

 

Tornos Foundation (TF) is a registered non-profit social organisation in India. www.tornosindia.com are our principal supporters.

Our charity supporters are RACH Foundation, registered as a non-profit organisation in the USA.  www.rachfoundation.org