In mid-March London-based activist group Animal Defenders International (ADI) rescued Cholita, an endangered Andean bear, from a circus in northern Peru. The elderly bear has spent her life in a 5ft by 5ft cage enduring horrendous conditions.

ADI’s president Jan Creamer said: ‘Her butchered paws, broken teeth and hairless body illustrate more than any words possibly can the terrible suffering poor Cholita endured in the circus. She would have spent years there confined, likely chained, and forced to perform tricks for the audience.’

ADI is now asking for funds to help pay for Cholita’s significant medical bills as well as her transportation to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. The organisation hopes to airlift the bear and 33 rescued lions, the largest airlift ever attempted.

Most recently Cholita’s cause has been endorsed by Michael Bond, author of the Paddington Bear book series. Bond explained his support: ‘Bears, especially from Peru, obviously have a special place in my life. It is such a horrendous story. I very much hope that, with the charity’s help, Cholita will get the care she needs to recover.’

To donate to Cholita’s bills call 020 7630 3340 or visit

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