Moonbear Matilda thanks her fundraiser helpers!!!

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ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION-2010  MATILDA

PICTURED ABOVE IS MATILDA . I TOOK THESE PHOTOS IN FEBRUARY 2010

After two months of fundraising I am proud to announce to the purchasers of the “In a Perfect World” pendant set, that I am putting 50% of the money raised on this pendant towards the model for the artwork…”Matilda”.  That is $200.00 to help keep Mz. Matilda comfie and healthy at Animals Asia Foundation in Chengdu

ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION-2010  MATILDA ON LEFT

Matilda (left) is the girl I mentioned who was practically glued to one of her exercise pen mates “Bottom”  (right)  Thank you to Animals Asia Founder Jill Robinson, Nic and Alice for ID’ing these two bears for me.  Keeping track of names was not easy as I was so overwhelmed with bears and Jill’s stories….. and photographing them while I had this incredible opportunity I missed writing down a lot of names

JILL ROBINSON ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION FOUNDER  (ON RIGHT)

We were on a wonderful overlook platform viewing the bears a distance so the long lens came in handy.  I’m really pleased with the closeups I got of the moonbears from such a great distance.  Jill on right, Gayle on Left

ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION FEBRUARY 2010

Above image shows how far the bears were away from where we were standing on  the platform.  This was new since my 2006 visit and I could have stayed up there for hours observing the bears and their behaviors and antics.  What a feeling it must be to have this freedom!!!

ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION-2010  MATILDA

Matilda just melts me and I know she will melt you too!!!!

MATILDA LEFT, BOTTOM ON RIGHT , MOONBEARS AT ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION

Matilda and Bottom just hangin out and being FREE.  Its hard to  imagine any of these bears, now rescued, in such beautiful coat weight and condition, having been squeezed into body sized coffin style cages , with no freedom, very little nourishment, sick with infection…. mentally and socially deprived as well.

The trust and lack of fear so many of these bears exhibit are testament to the constant and loving care which  the AAF staff and volunteers provide  the moonbears in their charge 24/7.  The resiliency of the rescued bile farm bears dumbfounds me!!

EMPTY CRUSH CAGES FROM BILE FARMS AT ANIMALS ASIA FOUNDATION CHENGDU

Animals Asia keeps this pile of crush cages which they rescued the bile farm bears from as a grim reminder of the past for those bears but also a reminder of the new and better life for those who are now free.  Some unfortunate moonbears never had the chance to live long following their rescue due to the horrendous condition they were found in…….. but they are also no longer suffering which is a blessing .

Matilda on the left…Bottom on the right

SO THANK YOU ONE AN ALL FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS FUNDRAISER!!!

I hope you all are enjoying your pendants and wear them often!!  Every person who asks , “what is on your pendant” opens the door for you all to spread the word about the incredible work Animals Asia Foundation does for the moonbears!!!

IN A PERFECT WORLD pendant peeps are below!

Valerie Gilb

Elise Ney

Rachel Lepree

Christie Harper

Deb Hethorn

Tuula Tammelin

Deonaha Conlin

Michelle Padula

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