Zebedee spends many long hours chilling in the swimming pool with the other bears during hot and steamy days in the Vietnam Sanctuary.
Zebedee has now been successfully integrated with 21 other bears and this means that all the bears can now go out together into the enclosures every day.
Zebedee and Henry are the best of friends and they spend much of the day wrestling together, get on very well and are very tolerant of each other often eating from the same food pile.
Zebedee has had his health check and cholecystectomy surgery to remove his gall bladder. The damage to the front end of his nose (detached from the rest of his muzzle due to the injury he got when he was a cub) is still the same, with 2 holes in the roof of his mouth leading to his nasal cavity – its not possible to repair due to the long standing nature of the injury. He has a small hernia in the midline of his abdominal wall and scarring of the liver surface. A hole toothpick was found in his abdominal fat and his gall bladder was thickened. The surgery was long but it went well and he recovered quickly.
Jill says ‘You’ll love Zebedee – he’s an absolute sweetheart – one of my favourites with a love of life that just makes you want to bow your head.
I just saw him and he’s so lush. He was sleeping in his hammock but because he has virtually no teeth his tongue was hanging out about 8 inches long! His sweet face is just gorgeous until you remember that the reason he looks a little strange is as a result of the plank trauma. Still he doesn’t know that – and he loves his new friend Henry. :-)’
His gums have compensated for his lack of teeth and he now crunches down on everything he finds with the gusto of a bear with a mouth full of teeth! I’m off to Vietnam again on Monday and can’t wait to see him again – the perfect definition of a silly bear!