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Orphaned bear cubs mark 7 years of joy at bear sanctuary in Bangalore

Sloth bears Maahi and Mithali mark seven years at Wildlife SOS Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre, showcasing their remarkable recovery and the importance of wildlife conservation efforts

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Orphaned bear cubs mark 7 years of joy at bear sanctuary in Bangalore

Wildlife SOS has given the sloth bears a second chance at life at the bear rescue centre in Bannerghatta.

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Two sloth bear cubs, Maahi and Mithali, are celebrating seven years of freedom and care at the Wildlife SOS Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre in Bangalore. Their journey began in 2017 when they were found clinging to their dying mother inside a 20-foot-deep open well on the outskirts of Tumkur Pavagada village in Karnataka.

The cubs were rescued by Wildlife SOS and brought to the Bannerghatta sanctuary, where they have since transformed from helpless orphans to thriving, playful residents. Named after cricket legends Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mithali Raj, Maahi and Mithali were found clutching onto their dead mother in a dry well, a tragic situation that highlighted the urgent need for their rescue and long-term care.

Over the past seven years, Maahi and Mithali have grown into energetic and playful bears, each with their own unique personality. They have a particular fondness for peanut butter, honey, and eggs, with Maahi especially enjoying the challenge of cracking open fresh coconuts. Their playful antics and endearing habits have made them favorites among the staff at the center.

"The rescue and rehabilitation of Maahi and Mithali exemplify our commitment to wildlife conservation and the incredible resilience of these animals," said Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS. "Seeing them thrive at our facility fills us with immense pride and joy. They serve as ambassadors for their species, reminding us of the importance of protecting India's wildlife."

Dr. Arun A. Shah, Director of Veterinary and Research Operations at Wildlife SOS, added, "Maahi and Mithali's progress over the past years has been remarkable. Providing them with a safe and nurturing environment has allowed them to develop their natural behavior and live fulfilling lives. Our team is dedicated to ensuring their well-being, and we continue to learn from these amazing animals every day."

At the Bannerghatta sanctuary, the organization includes special enrichment activities for Maahi and Mithali, showcasing their playful nature and love for their favorite treats. This is a reminder of the vital work being done to rescue and rehabilitate these bears, ensuring that animals like Maahi and Mithali have the opportunity to live safe, happy lives, Dr. Arun said.

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