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The sloth bear was used as entertainment during the Mughal era, forced to “dance”. The practice continued in the local villages even after the age of Emperors. The rescue of the 1,200 exploited bears was a collective effort of Wildlife SOS, various partner organizations, and government officials. The bears were led to dance and walk around by a rope latched onto their muzzle. Sometimes the rope was attached to a heavy rod, like cruel puppetry. They stood on their hind legs, performing and nuzzling up to tourists. Some bears were blinded as a result of the gruesome muzzling process. These days, the sloth bears have been rescued and live peacefully in the Agra Bear Rescue Center and other sanctuaries in India. The rescue center is tucked within the Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, but is managed separately by the organization, Wildlife SOS.
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