- Dancing bears are usually taken as very small cubs with the majority of them being captured and mutilated at 1 years old or younger.
- The people who capture and train the bears in Pakistan and India are called 'madaris'. Although the practice is illegal it still goes on.
- Holes are burned through the bar's noses and ropes are threaded through. Pulling on the rope is one way to make the bears dance.
- Bears are forced to dance up to 12 hours per day and their training is mainly managed through pain and starvatin.
- Most bears live less than a third as long as they would have done in the wild.
So I hope you have enjoyed my Week of the Bear (if enjoy is the right word?!?). Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting.
Next week we have the Week of the Lion.