Video: Rescued ‘Dancing Bears’ Can’t Resist Watermelon Pinata

Who doesn’t love a good watermelon?

In this video from the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center, rescued Indian sloth bears swipe and grab at watermelons hung from a branch. And boy do they seem to enjoy themselves.

Sadly, these bears haven’t always experienced such a stress-free life.

The Rescue Center, located just outside New Delhi, specializes in protecting sloth bears like these — called “dancing bears” by those who capture and exploit the animals. For the past 400 years, the sloth bear has been poached and used for entertainment in India, where the bears are mutilated and forced to dance for crowds. In 1972, the dancing bear practice was declared illegal, but illicit trading is still rampant.

With continued efforts and awareness, the brutal practice of capturing “dancing bears” can be permanently eradicated. Hopefully, the biggest obstacles these bears must tackle in the future will be wrangling a watermelon down from a branch.

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    Un grand merci pour eux, continuez le monde animal a besoin de gens comme vous. ????????

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  2. Natasha

    It is truly horrific what animals are forced to go through for the “benefit” of humans. I’m always glad there are organizations who respect them, but obviously we all need to realize how sad their circumstances are and see that they are actually more human than we realize.

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  3. Chris

    Thank Gawd These Beautiful Creatures Were Rescued And Given Another Chance At Life!!! ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!

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  4. Nanette Sanchez-Cook

    Thank you for Bannerghatta Bear Rescue for saving these dear animals. THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I wish they would mutilate the humans who treat them so horribly.

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  5. Debra Broach

    No animals will be and stay safe in this world, until humans realize that animals’s lives are precious too and that their lives matter in the scheme of things. It makes me mad and sad that we so-called human beings, which is the worst species on this planet have no regard for any living thing than themselves. Who in their right mind can hurt and destroy these animals and any other creatures. This world belongs to them also. But as usual, we the humans overtake everything and think its O.K. I for one and disgusted with the human race and its treatment of our animals. The people who rescues these bears deserve a lot of gratitude for their caring. At least these bears enjoyed themselves and each other. Thank you for that Bannerghatta Rescue Center. I for one appreciate people like you.

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