This sweet bear named Tuffy spent most of his life cage-bound at a bear bile farm in Southeast Asia.
Despite there being plenty of herbal and synthetic alternatives, the poor animal was kept captive in order to produce digestive fluid that supposedly has medicinal properties.
Animals Asia rescued Tuffy and six other bears in Vietnam back in September. Since then, Tuffy’s been recovering from the removal of his damaged gallbladder as well as a few rotten teeth.
But this week, Tuffy was given a clean bill of health and finally able to run wild outdoors.
And run he did–and frolic, jump, and roll, in merriment.
“Coming from years of little or no water, for Tuffy this must feel like a true oasis after being parched and in pain for so long,” Animals Asia says. “It must have felt like such a relief to have the freedom to splash around in the water after only being able to stand on the hard metal bars of the bile farm cage.”
Watch Tuffy’s freedom frolic in the sanctuary pool below: