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Ronnie aka John update

We received an update on our girl Ronnie aka John today, which I wanted to share here with everyone, as so many of you helped us raise the funds to adopt her.

This is an update from her vet Eddie:

“A few months ago Ronnie AKA John was health checked to investigate her increased respiratory rate. It turned out that Ronnie had been doing too well with the improved nutrition and diet Animals Asia had been providing, and as a result had gained a little too much weight. This weight gain, in combination with some minor blood pressure issues had resulted in an increase in her breathing.

Since then Ronnie has been on a diet and she is now sitting at a very comfortable weight. She is still a larger lady, but we like to think of her as big boned, rather than fat.

Today we performed another health check to follow up on some dental work she required and to recheck her eyes, which had some subtle changes on her last health check. Ronnie was pretty aware, and knew what was about to come with her anaesthetic jab. But true to form, she loved her strawberry sauce so much she did not really mind the jab. Ronnie had a good anaesthetic, although her blood pressure was high, which might be a sign of underlying disease. The changes in Ronnie’s eyes are also suggestive of high blood pressure, however these changes are not advanced and at this time there is no indication for medical intervention. Ronnie had three teeth removed, all of which were minor. Ronnie woke up from her anaesthetic very smoothly and was keen to tuck into her dinner shortly after her recovery. She will be receiving chopped food for the next few days to give her mouth a rest, as well as a course of antibiotics and pain relief. We will be monitoring Ronnie’s weight and also looking for signs of progression of her high blood pressure, but for now she is in good health and great condition.”

Although she’s not 100% she is receiving the best care in the world and I’m sure that blood pressure will be kept under control.

As you can see here, she certainly knows how to enjoy the better things in life now thanks to Animals Asia.


A very successful night for our Ronnie aka John!

We held our second Octobear Festival at the Coach and Horses in Soho tonight and what a wonderful night it was!  A huge success again and a full house.

Thanks to the kind generosity of the landlord, Alastair Choat and his daughter Hollie 100% of the night’s takings are going to the bears again and we have reached our target for Ronnie aka John, our bear in Nanning! The night raised over £1,000.

Amanda gave a very interesting talk about working with the rescued bears at Animals Asia‘s sanctuaries and also gave us an update on the bears at the now defunct bear farm in Nanning, where the bears are being cared for by Animals Asia until they can move into their new permanent home.  Their lives are already a million times better than they were with healthy food, a constant supply of drinking water and lots of showers, and of course their paddling pools.

Below are some impressions of the night

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London’s Octobear Festival is back!

Following a very successful event last year, we are holding our second Octobear Festival this year at the Coach and Horses Soho, London’s only vegetarian pub.

Come and join us to raise a glass or two to the bears and their FREEDOM!

Tuesday 6 October, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Coach and Horses Soho, 29 Greek Street
London W1D 5DH

Cost: £30 per person – includes a 3 course vegetarian or vegan meal and a glass of wine

Enjoy delicious food, try your luck in our raffle and learn about work and life at Animals Asia’s China Bear Sanctuary from ex-bear manager Amanda Hogan.


100% of the profit will help Animals Asia with the rehabilitation of the remaining 124 bears at the ex bear bile farm in Nanning, China by helping us adopt one of them, Ronnie aka John.

Places are strictly limited so please book early by completing the booking form below.

Payment can be made via our JustGiving page for Ronnie aka John, just mention Coach and Horses or Octobear Festival in the comment please as the page was set up for all fundraising activities related to our Nanning bear adoption.  We receive notification of each payment, so will be able to match the payment to your booking.


If you choose to pay by cheque we will send you details on receipt of your booking form


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