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A Teary Mother Bear Killed Her Baby and Committed Suicide - A Heart Breaking True Story
Traps were laid in the wild illegally. When the bear was trapped, she lost not only her paws and four limbs for a good fortune of money, but she was locked up in the cage and had to endure daily torture of bile collection up to 25 or 30 years. This bile collection process requires a hole to be cut in the bear stomach and an iron pipe inserted into the bear gall bladder. Bile was then taken several times a day. The entire procedure was done without anaesthetic in order to save cost. The pain was excruciating. The bear could not bear it and attempted to kill herself by punching her stomach. However, human prevented this suicide act by forcing the bear to wear an iron vest. With this iron vest, her movement was restricted; committing suicide was an impossible task. A mother bear knew it too well. When the bear worker wanted to open up her cub's stomach, the mother bear broke open the cage and went after the cub. After failing to release the chained cub, she hugged the cub. The mother bear then killed the cub to save it from a life of hell. Here is the story from Chinese news.
Mother bear kills cub and then itself
Friday, Aug 05, 2011
The Chinese media has reported on an extraordinary account of a mother
The bears were kept in a farm located in a remote area in the North-West
It was reported that the bears are kept in tiny cages known as 'crush
The bile is harvested by making a permanent hole or fistula in the bears'
As the hole is never closed, the animals are suspect to various
The bears are fitted with an iron vest, as they often try to kill
A person who was on the farm in place of a friend witnessed the
The witness also claimed that a mother bear broke out its cage when it
The workers ran away in fear when they saw the mother bear rushing to its
Unable to free the cub from its restraints, the mother hugged the cub and
It then dropped the cub and ran head-first into a wall, killing itself.
Many TCM practitioners have denounced the use of bear bile in their
Bear bile is traditionally used to remove 'heat' from the body as well as