Kaka, a Malayan sun bear, has never had a normal life. He was stolen from the wild forests of Laos when he was just a baby, by people who wanted to sell him on the black market as a pet.
When they were afraid they would be caught by the police, they dumped Kaka at a Buddhist temple, where monks raised him alongside several dogs.
About the time Kaka turned one, he seemed to have forgotten that he was a bear at all. When rescuers from Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) arrived to rescue him, Kaka was barking like a dog.
“Kaka calmed down when he was introduced to Gallamair, a 2-year-old female sun bear,” WFFT wrote. “Gallamair and Kaka became instant friends.”
The two rescued bears were constant companion for six years until something unexpected happened.
Despite the fact that Kaka had been sterilized by the sanctuary, Gallamair became pregnant. “Unfortunately it appears that the operation was not successful,” WFFT wrote.
Gallamair gave birth to a cub, Kaka’s baby, and because mother sun bears raise cubs on their own, the sanctuary realized that it would be in Gallamair’s best interest to give her and her cub some space. Kaka was then moved to another habitat at the sanctuary.
After three years, Kaka and Gallamair were reunited. Their connection was obviously stronger than ever.
“We did not do this until we were sure that Ka Wow, her daughter, would have a new friend who was a rescued young bear of approximately the same age,” Tom Taylor, wildlife rescue center and elephant refuge manager for WFFT said. “After spending their first few years of their lives together as very young cubs it was great to be able to allow them to become best friends again.”
These photos captured the emotional moments when Kaka and Gallamair saw each other again. They sniffed each other and picked up right where they left off.
“Instantly, the two old friends reconnected! Playing, climbing, running together!” WFFT wrote.
WFFT followers on Facebook were so pleased to see the bears side by side again.
“I used to watch these bears play as cubs,” one commenter wrote. “They are beautiful.”
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