This is Smudge. 
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He’s a 4-month-old black bear cub who was taken in by an animal rescue and rehabilitation organization in China.
 
Smudge loves to take baths. 
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He does other things too. He plays with apples… 
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Lots of time, he plays with apples in the bath…
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He’s down for a good belly rub…
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He climbs…
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But mostly, he takes baths...
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All day, every day.
 

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Priscilla van Rooyen
30 days ago

Smudge is part of history in the making! For the first time ever, did a bear bile farmer in China, willingly give up his farm and is working together with Animals Asia to turn his place of torture into a sanctuary! Workers that used to mistreat the bears, are now being trained by the Animals Asia teams, how to treat the bears with love and respect! Ellen, please be part of spreading the word about this positive development that is going on in China and the wonderful work that Animals Asia is doing.

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Mary Robles
32 days ago

It's fantastic to see that Ellen is supporting Smudge and the bears! I have been a supporter of Animals Asia for over ten years, and I believe that they are one of the most remarkable animal welfare groups in operation. Not only are they rescuing bears from lifetimes of torture on bear bile farms, they have beautiful sanctuaries in China and Vietnam where they bears may live out their lives in peace. Further, they are fighting against the use of dogs and cats in the brutal food and fur trades in Asian countries and truly spearheading the animal welfare movement in China, all WITH the support of the government and local communities. They are heroes, and thank you Ellen for showcasing one of their many deserving, beautiful rescued bears!

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Elizabeth Reichstein
34 days ago

Hi Ellen,
So very happy to see you share the story of Smudge with millions of your fans. Smudge has been rescued by the wonderful Animals Asia Foundation, an organisation that rescues moon bears from bear bile farms in China and Vietnam. Sadly, many thousands of bears and other little Smudges are destined to spend their lives in tiny cages where they are subjected to horrendous treatment, with a catheter inserted into their gall-bladders so that their bile can be milked daily. The bears suffer not only excruciating pain but hunger, thirst and the most appalling mental torture as they are often kept in "crush" cages where they can only turn over, never stand, never walk, never see sunlight or feel grass beneath their feet. Read more about this amazing organisation at www.animalsasia.org and share with your viewers. You have incredible power to influence Ellen, please share this information with others so that greater support for AAF will one day bring an end to this heinous industry.

Yours sincerely,
Elizabeth Reichstein
AUSTRALIA

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Jackie Smith
35 days ago

Hi Ellen, I've been a fan of yours for years, but love you even more now that you've featured Smudge. He's a lucky little bear to have been rescued by awesome organisation Animals Asia before being subjected to years of torture on a Bear bile farm. It would be fantastic if you could highlight Animals Asia's work,especially now as they need more support to turn a bile farm into a sanctuary.Maybe you could interview Jill Robinson?? That would be so great! x

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A Thomas
35 days ago

Hi Ellen,
I'm so pleased you've finally found the Animals Asia website as I have been sending you this link for ages! As you've already read, Smudge is one lucky wee Moon Bear and will now be destined for a life of love and freedom instead of a life of horrific pain and torture her parents would have suffered on a bear bile farm. Please, please make it public on your show about these horrendous farms and help Animals Asia put a stop to them. They have only scratched the surface as there are still 2000 bears captive in horrific conditions on bear bile farms having bile extractions with rusty filthy steel catheters and NO anesthetic, absolute agony for these gentle beautiful animals. Please help raise awareness of this disgusting and abhorrent practice. Thank you and best wishes from "Downunder" NZ.

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Roslyn Zozzie Golden
35 days ago

Thank you for featuring my favorite animal charity. Animals Asia has given countless Moon Bears a chance at a new life. I was fortunate enough to visit Jill Robinson's Moon Bear Sanctuary in Chengdu China. It was amazing. I hope I will see then end of bile farming in my lifetime. For my 60th birthday, I asked all my friends to make a donation to Animals Asia....I didn't need a surprise party, I didn't need any gifts.......You know, that when most people die, there is a request to make a donation to a favorite charity of the deceased. Well, I don't want to wait till I die for my friends to make a donation. This charity is so important to me. Bear bile farming is horrific. Thank you once again for featuring this little bear who thanks to Animals Asia will have a wonderful life.

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Adele Chatelain
35 days ago

Ellen, I don't know if you are aware of AnimalAsia; the wonderful organization that rescued that cute bear cub from a lifetime of suffering as a 'bile' bear (bears who are caged in tiny cramped cages for life while getting their bile extracted for Chinese medicine). Bit by bit, the wonderful Chinese people are realizing the suffering that the captured Moon Bears experience through AnimalAsia's compassionate volunteers---and they are releasing the suffering bears to Sanctuaries run by AnimalAsia. Thank you for showing the little Moon Bear cub film; he really is adorable and now he will live his life on a Sanctuary, freely and in health!

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Krista
35 days ago

How wonderful that you are featuring Animals Asia, who are doing great work.

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Leanne Harvey
35 days ago

We sponsored an adult Moon Bear rescued and cared for by Animals Asia Foundation and have visited their sanctuary in China. They are doing an incredible job at not just caring for these bears but changing attitudes and working to end this horrible practice. However they need all of our support to achieve this. Their founder, Jill Robinson, is truly inspiring.

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Heartbroken Gill
35 days ago

Hi Ellen,
Fancy spending your life span (up to 30 years) locked up in a coffin like cage and bled of your bile twice a day through a rusting catheter?
Me neither.
Please Ellen, please, please lend your influence to help end bear bile farming. It's so very cruel and unnecessary. The pain and anguish these charismatic, stoic, forgiving creatures go through, for decades in some cases, is unimmaginable. Please help.

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Pauline Fuit
35 days ago

Ellen, Animals Asia are doing a wonderful job rescuing bears that are being siphoned off for their bile and kept in cages which don't allow them to move. We need to educate China that bile has no benefit to them and support Animals Asia in their quest to save the bears, house them and feed them.

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josephine Sutton
35 days ago

I do so hope you will lend your weight to the plight of bears in China on bile farms... Many Chinese people think they are a thing of the past if they have even heard of them. It is an insanely cruel practice.
Warm regards from New Zealand...

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Lucy
35 days ago

Smudge is gorgeous... but he's one of thousands of bears who have either been rescued or still to be rescued by a wonderful charity called Animals Asia who are in the process of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for 130 bears who were living in horrific conditions on a "farm" and smudge was one of them. Please help us get the word out about Animals Asia, the tireless work they do and the massive project they have on at the moment to care for these wonderful bears https://www.peacebypiece.animalsasia.org/home?locale=en&currency=eur
This is such a massive undertaking so please help as much as you can. If it wasn't for Animals Asia Smudge would have been subjected to a life of severe pain.

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Jill
35 days ago

Ellen,
It's great that you have come across the gorgeous little bear Smudge. It would be even better if you could tell your followers about the wonderful organisation that is Animals Asia. They work tirelessly to rescue the moonbears in China and Vietnam from their awful existence in the bear bile farms. They rely on DONATIONS from the public to carry on their work. They have just taken over the farm Smudge was born on - 130 bears in total, and will be turning it into a sanctuary. They need a lot of funding to do this, and to care for the other bears they have rescued. Some of these bears have spent up to 30years in tiny cages being 'milked' for their bile! Smudge is lucky to have avoided this fate.
Yes Smudge is adorable, but there is SO much more to the story, perhaps you could do a feature on Animals Asia? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PENl5091uAM

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denise
35 days ago

Ellen ... Smudge is one of many bears the Chinese and other Asians have imprisoned and used to extract bile from. It's a horrible life in a small cage. So lonely and painful.

Animals Asia is the fabulous group who rescued Smudge and is working in Asia, and succeeding, at ending Bear Bile Farms. You should check them out, pretty darned amazing!!!

Main site: animalsasia.org
Ending Bear Bile Farms Project: https://peacebypiece.animalsasia.org/home?locale=en&currency=eur

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