For animal lovers, it's hard not to feel a little conflicted when we hear stories of animals being rescued from horrific situations.
On one hand, hearing about what rescue dogs and cats have had to go through is disheartening. But seeing how much they thrive and and how much happier they clearly are after that rescue takes place is too uplifting to shy away from the rest of the story.
And while we tend to picture rescued animals in terms of the common pets we see stateside, there are important rescue efforts going on in many other parts of the world. Because the unfortunate truth is that majestic animals like elephants and gorillas are often not treated the way they deserve.
We can see that in the way that one bear in Vietnam has spent the last 20 years of her life, but her story also shows how much of a difference people can make when they persevere against a longstanding issue.