A baby moon bear weighing just 30 kilos, locked in a small metal cage, was about to be transported to Laos by motorbike to a bile factory, as the moon bear is one of the busiest species in the world. Moon bear bile is used as the main ingredient in many traditional Chinese medicine remedies.
This happened in Vietnam, but luckily the puppy was saved. Thanks to an information from Education For Nature Vietnam, which had discovered a post on Facebook in which the bear had been put up for sale to the highest bidder, the trafficker was discovered and arrested by local authorities.
Animals Asia Foundation, the foundation that saved the animal, said: "We wonder where he came from, how much he suffered and what happened to his mother. And what would have become of him if he had not been saved from an unknown fate, but certainly terrifying.
The only certainty we had was that this little one would soon be safe, in our care, and would never have to suffer, feel scared or lonely again. We moved Wonder to our quarantine area, where all new arrivals spend their first days in order to protect themselves and the bears already in our reserve from any infectious diseases.
We are convinced that Wonder will become a confident, happy and playful bear, proof of patience, love and dedication unwavering of his assistants. However as with many rescues we have done, even Wonder's was bittersweet.
We know that there are still animal traffickers out there ready as trapping puppies from their mothers and their habitat to be sold to dubious but certainly terrifying realities." Pic by AnimalAsia
What is the relationship between fruit and arthritis?
Arthritis is an arthropathy with an inflammatory etiology that can be of different types, more or less severe.
The causes can be of metabolic, autoimmune, infectious or idiopathic origin. The initial diagnosis makes use of a clinical evaluation accompanied by subsequent instrumental investigations. Among the various symptoms that characterize arthritis we find the most common such as heat, swelling, stiffness, pain, redness.
The study: Dietary fruits and arthritis, published on the Food & function, said us: "Arthritis is a global health concern affecting a significant proportion of the population and associated with reduced quality of life.
What is the relationship between fruit and arthritis? Among the different forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA ) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the most common and lacking a definite cure in the affected individuals.
Fruits, such as berries and pomegranates are rich sources of a variety of dietary bioactive compounds, especially the polyphenolic flavonoids that have been associated with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Emerging research demonstrates a protective role of fruits and their polyphenols in pre-clinical, clinical and epidemiological studies of OA and RA. In this context, commonly available fruits, such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, and pomegranates have shown promising results in reducing pain and inflammation in experimental models and in human clinical studies of arthr itis.
There is also some evidence on the role of specific fruit polyphenols, such as quercetin and citrus flavonoids in alleviating RA symptoms. These emerging data deserve further investigation in rigorous scientific studies to determine the mechanisms, dosing and selection of fruits and fruit extracts in arthritis management."