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Dancing bear got rescued by Sneha’s Care team

Dhuturu, the sloth bear was captured and given as dowry

We believe in a compassionate and empathy-based approach to animal welfare. This initiative aims to help and free wild animals kept in captivity under subpar conditions. We strive to rescue the captured animals, care for them, and create a refuge where they can live their entire lives freely.
A year-old male sloth bear(belonging to India) was seen giving a dance performance in the small village in Siraha. The bear was initially given to its owner in the form of Dowry by his in-laws from India. Primitively, when it was first found, it was in poor health, he was tied by a rope in his muzzle with a metal rod. With a belief that they belong in the wild rather than being used for entertainment purposes and not to be deprived of their freedom, Dhuturu was rescued and brought to Kathmandu by Sneha Shrestha. It is now being kept in Central Zoo and is in the process of being translocated to Agra Bear Rescue Center, Uttar Pradesh, India. Our team keeps visiting the zoo to check whether Dhuturu is in good condition. Since 2019, we have been trying to send back Dhuturu but due to various reasons and also due to COVID, the process of sending back Dhuturu got halted. We have been lobbying with the Ministry of Forest and Environment, along with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Meetings have also been held with the Home Minister, Forest Minister and concerned bodies regarding this matter. Up until Dhuturu is returned to his natural habitat, we will continue to advocate for him. Hopefully, Dhuturu will be back to his real habitat where he can live the rest of his life peacefully with full freedom.


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