Oliver Bear – News From ‘Animals Asia’. Farewell Brave Oliver.

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Farewell brave Oliver bear


Dear Mark,

It’s the news we’ve all been dreading – Oliver, our beautiful broken bear has died.

This much-loved and inspirational bear, who survived 30 years in a bile cage before his dramatic rescue, has died at our Chengdu rescue centre.

After four and a half blissfully happy years with us, Oliver had reached the end of the road, his condition deteriorating over the past few days. On Wednesday, our vets made the decision to euthanise him – and offer him a peaceful, respectful end.

Oliver died surrounded by those who loved him dearly – and with the sweet taste of strawberry sauce in his mouth.

This brave bear’s incredible will to survive and the joy he showed in the simplest of pleasures inspired so many to join our campaign. I know how much Oliver meant to you too, so we’ve put together a special tribute page in his memory. Click on his image to view.

Bear hugs,
Jill Robinson MBE Dr med vet hc
Founder and CEO


Animal welfare charity Animals Asia has announced it will mark November 12 each year as Oliver’s Day – following the death of inspirational brown bear Oliver.

Oliver captured the hearts of people around the world having endured 30 years on Chinese bear bile farms. He was kept in a tiny cage and subject to daily bile extractions for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

When rescued by Animals Asia in 2010, Oliver’s life was saved by roadside surgery to remove his gall bladder. Vets were shocked to find a metal coil embedded deep inside the brown bear’s organ.

Following news of his death, Animals Asia has been inundated with messages of condolence with supporters, volunteers and staff past and present sharing their Oliver memories and what he meant to them.  Many came to the movement for the first time having heard his story.


SAV Comment

RIP Oliver – now free from the bile industry and the suffering you endured through it at the hands of the human species for 30 years.  Finally freed to spend over four years with other humans at AA who cared so much about you and your welfare.

Loved in the end !

Close down everything to do with the bile industry – free all the bears !

Check out the brilliant work of AA at:

UK – https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/

USA – https://www.animalsasia.org/us/index.html

Australia – https://www.animalsasia.org/au/

China – https://www.animalsasia.org/cn/index.html

Vietnam – https://www.animalsasia.org/vn/index.html

Germany – https://www.animalsasia.org/de/index.html

Italy – https://www.animalsasia.org/it/index.html

Hong Kong – EN – https://www.animalsasia.org/hk-en/index.html