Two of the bears – named Boboi and Kitud – arrived at the sanctuary after being kept as pets in the village of Singgaron, Ranau District. There, they were confined to a small cage and fed with rice, milk, and fish. Luckily, medical tests revealed that both bears were healthy.
There are direct links between Iceland's whaling industry and powerful elements of Iceland's fishing industry. Fish sourced from whaling-linked companies in Iceland is imported into the United States both directly, and through third party sources