Rescued: Maggie the bear gets a new life

10 October 2019

Maggie, a beautiful five-year-old bear, was thin and anaemic when she arrived at our partner sanctuary in Pakistan. Fortunately, thanks to supporters like you, she’s now on the road to recovery.

Little Maggie was rescued just in time during a secret, night-time raid coordinated by our partner Bioresource Research Centre (BRC).

"When she was found, she was lethargic and fearful and it was clear that she hadn't been eating."

– Madeeha Manzoor, BRC Zoologist

But, thanks to you, Maggie's days in captivity are now over. She was transferred to Balkasar Bear Sanctuary where she will be able to forget the horrors of her past. 

The new bear, Maggie, in quarantine, May 2019

On her arrival at Balkasar Maggie was immediately checked over by a vet, who released her from her metal nose ring and treated the wounds on her thin and scarred body. Years of poor diet had left her anaemic, her fur rough and discoloured.

It was wonderful to watch this thin bear, who had lost her will to survive and stopped eating, enjoy some sweet melon with the gentle coaxing of sanctuary staff.

"It's been amazing to watch her gradually return to life after losing all hope… She’s looking much healthier. Her fur is already smooth again and she’s gaining weight. We’re so excited to see our hard work yielding positive results.”

– Hazrat Ali, Balkasar sanctuary supervisor 

Although her body is recovering, it will be some time before Maggie’s spirit heals. "She’s still avoiding eye contact and is very scared of humans." Hazrat tells us, "She’s keeping her distance, but gradually she’s letting us get closer to her. Slowly, she's understanding that she can trust us, and we’re not going to hurt her; but it will take time."

BRC will monitor her in quarantine to ensure she stays healthy and feels safe and secure and will slowly introduce her to the other rescued bears she now shares her sanctuary home with.

Because of you, Maggie is beginning to live the life of a real bear for the very first time. Thank you.

It was wonderful to watch this thin bear, who had lost her will to survive and stopped eating, enjoy some sweet melon with the gentle coaxing of sanctuary staff.