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Kartick Satyanarayan - Champion of India's Dancing Bears

Updated on November 24, 2012

Kartick Satyanarayan risks life and limb saving India's Dancing Bears and enriching people's lives along the way.

Co-founder and Director of Wildlife S.O.S. Although Kartick's job titles may sound mundane or safe, in reality, his job is anything but. Here, you'll learn about Kartick Satyanarayan, the "Bear Man" as he's known by some in India, and his efforts to save the Sloth Bear from the barbaric, centuries-old tradition of being enslaved and trained as Dancing Bears.

You'll also see how he puts himself in harm's way to save them. His dedication, determination and love for these battered bears is inspiring. After a first-hand look at the tortuous lives these bears lead, he said, "It was shocking and we couldn't accept those images. We thought we had to do something about it."

And do something he has. Here's his story as seen through my recently opened eyes. I only hope I can do him justice. Superheros see a problem, expose it to the world, challenge it, then proceed to change it any way they can -- usually with great personal sacrifice. Kartick is an example of a Superhero by definition.

BTW, I picked this photo because when I look at it, I see his love for these bears and their love for him. I've included a larger version below. I think you'll see what I mean.

Last Dancing Bear Rescued - Dec. 18, 2009

BREAKING NEWS-December 18, 2009: One of the last remaining Dancing Bear was surrendered to Wildlife S.O.S. bringing an end to the centuries-old tradition that inflicted terrible cruelty on thousands of highly endangered sloth bears.

Although the practice of dancing bears was made illegal in India when the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 came into effect, it wasn't until the end of 2002, when the Wildlife SOS Agra Bear Rescue Facility opened its doors, that there was anywhere to house the rescued bears. (The tortured bears can not be returned to the wild because they can not survived on their own.)

The work now will focus on the rehabilitation of the 600+ bears and maintaining the rescue facilities that will house these bears for life. Wildlife S.O.S. will also be able to focus more energy and funds on protecting the sloth bears in the wild.

A very happy and momentous day in wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

EDITOR'S NOTE from the press release:

With informants across the country, and a recently concluded advertising campaign designed to encourage bear dancers to turn in their bears, Wildlife SOS is confident that there are only about 30 or so remaining dancing bears in India. However, given India's vast size and rather porous borders, Wildlife SOS recognizes the possibility that there may be a few more dancing bears hidden away in remote areas, or in neighboring countries, and remains firmly committed to rescuing any bears that may be discovered in the future.The work is not over, however, as the the over 600 rescued bears must live in the bear sanctuaries.

For the full press release, click Final Curtain

A Personal Thank You

Kartick,

Your compassion and dedication to these tortured bears comes through loud and clear.

I have been infused with new hope and optimism by your results. And, your actions have inspired me to become fully involved in saving these bears.

Thank you for all that you do for the animals in India. I look forward to working with you and Geeta on my first campaign to save the dancing bears.

Bear hugs, Frankie

Kartick with a rescued cub on his back

Kartick with a rescued cub on his back
Kartick with a rescued cub on his back

How Kartick began saving Dancing Bears

Kartick has always loved animals. His first animal rescues began when he was a child and he rescued and cared for snakes (yes, snakes).

In College, although Kartick majored in commerce and business management, he spent much of his time as a field assistant tracking tigers for the Wildlife Conservation Society. He spent many nights in the Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka and worked on a tiger project with the New York Zoological society.

In 1995, Geeta Seshamani (pictured here), Kartick's aunt, an English literature Professor at Gargi Colege in south Delhiand and runs Friendicoes Society for the Eradication of Cruelty to Animals called Kartick. She had just witnessed a sloth bear bopping-up and-down in the middle of the Delhi-Agra highway. He was being pulled by a rope through his bleeding muzzle by a Kalandar. Kalandars are a nomadic people, some whom make a living buying sloth bear cubs from poachers and training them to dance for tourists.

This "Dancing Bear," as they're called in India stuck a nerve. Geeta realized this was not entertainment but torture and abuse of an animal. She asked Kartick "to help stop the dance".

This silhouetted dancing bear graphic will represent Dancing Bears. This is in protest to the use of sloth bears as Dancing Bears and will also warn that graphic descriptions are in the module.

An 18-month study

In 1996, they received a grant from the World Society for the Protection of Animals in London to research the Dancing Bear problem.

18-month Study Begins in Earnest

Together, they did an 18-month study to understand the social-economic structure of the Kalandar and his bear. As part of the study, Kartick and Geeta infiltrated the Kalandar tribal people. What they learned shocked them to their core.

What They Discovered

Poachers snatch sloth bear cubs when they are just weeks old and witness the killing of their mothers. During transportation to the Kalandar village, the majority of the cubs die from trauma, dehydration, starvation or all three.

Kalandar use brutal training methods including: piercing their muzzles and threading it with a coarse rope; standing them on hot coals and hitting their feet with sticks to make them "dance". Before they reach a year old, their teeth are knocked out with a hammer -- with no anesthesia.

They suffer a punishing regime of beatings and starvation to make them submissive to their trainers all of their lives. And, they live out their lives at the end of a 6-foot rope. They dance for tourists and are dragged from village to village working from 6 to 10 hours a day. The bears may suffer, and die, from stress, training methods, gastro-intestinal disorders, respiratory diseases and worm infestations.

When the bear can no longer dance due to age or illness, they are either killed for their gall bladder; as a entrée in a gourmet dinner; have their gall bladders harvested for eastern medicine or used in bear baiting fights in Pakistan where the bear is tied up, then dogs are set on it. The bears usually only lasts 3 fights before she is literally torn to pieces.

What they found, strengthened their resolve to "stop the dance."

Click Dancing Bears for more information.

The statistics are gruesome

60% to 70% of the cubs die before training.

40% of the remaining cubs die during their first year.

Life Expectancy:

Dancing Bears - 7 to 8 years

Wild Sloth Bears - up to 30 years

This cub was rescued and safe at a Wildlife S.O.S. Sanctuary

This cub was rescued and safe at a Wildlife S.O.S. Sanctuary
This cub was rescued and safe at a Wildlife S.O.S. Sanctuary

Luee

Little Luee is in the Wildlife S.O.S. (WSOS) Agra Bear Rescue facility.

To read more about her and other rescued dancing bears and saved cubs, click HERE

Video of cubs rescued from poachers

Wildlife S.O.S. and the plan

3-pronged approach

In 1998, with the information they had gathered through their 18 month undercover work, they decided on a three-pronged approach:

1. Give the Kalandars alternative employment.

2. Rehabilitate the bears.

3. Stop the poaching.

They knew that all 3 of these areas had to be addressed or the program was doomed.

They also set up Wildlife S.O.S., a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing wildlife. They raised over $250,000 to build their first bear rescue center (sanctuary) in Agra in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department. The sanctuary is 17 hectares of forest land in the midst of the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.

In 2002, on Christmas Day, the new center got its first rescued cub.

Upon the doors opening to the center, those Kalandar who were tired of running from the law, or those who had been caught, turned over their bears. The Kalandars are given Rs. 50,000 (about $2000) for their bears and a new vocation. They also sign a legal paper saying they will never use a wild animal again. They then enter the retraining program.

To give the Kalandars alternative employment, Wildlife S.O.S started the Community Rehabilitation Initiative. This program involves Vocational Training which includes for the parents as well as education for the children.

Through Wildlife S.O.S. many Kalandars have their own businesses. The women in the families also learn a trade allowing them to bring in a 2nd family income, some independence, and more respect within the family thus gaining confidence and finding their voice in family and tribal matters.

Some Kalandar instruct others that bear dancing is a crime, and some are active in the anti-poaching cell, Forest Watch! Forest Watch is their undercover team, dedicated towards stopping the poaching and trade of bears and bear cubs in India.

This program results in a gradual change in the individual Kalandars; building a future for their own families and the entire village of kalandar families.

Poachers snatch 100 to 200 cubs annually for the black market.

The poachers

Under India's Animal Protection Act, Section 51, possessing of bears without permit or license from the forest authorities is an offense that carries a 7-year imprisonment term.

The team works closely with Kartick who works directly with the forest department and the police in various states across India.

And, when the tip comes in from a Forest Watch! anti-poaching cell member about a poacher's plan to grab cubs, Kartick drops everything and risks his personal safety to help stop the poacher and save the wild Sloth Bear mom and cubs if possible. If they aren't in time, then an operation is put in place to find the cubs with Kartick much of the time going undercover as a buyer.

Poachers are breaking the law, carrying guns and obviously have no compunction about killing or torturing baby animals. Yet, Kartick doesn't flinch in his resolve. He does whatever it takes to stop the poacher and save sloth bears.

Kartick spends many days in the jungle -- where there is no phone or comfortable amenities. He is determined and just plugs on. Danger, inconvenience, uncomfortable, whatever it takes, he does.

Video: Rescuing 6 Cubs From Poachers

This video shows Kartick's usual involvement in a cub rescue including working with the spy network, planning the raid, going undercover, the raid and arrest, and finally getting the cub to the Bear Sanctuary.

The 6-week-old cub in the picture further below is one of the six cubs Kartick helped save in this rescue.

Kartick watches doctor examine rescued cub

Kartick watches doctor examine rescued cub
Kartick watches doctor examine rescued cub

Doctor examines 6-week-old rescued cub

Doctor examines 6-week-old rescued cub
Doctor examines 6-week-old rescued cub

The Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 made it illegal to have dancing bears

Video: Balin the Sloth Bear

This is the Story of Balin the Sloth Bear and his owner, a young boy named Ali Mahammad.

A Kalandar With A New Vocation

A Kalandar With A New Vocation
A Kalandar With A New Vocation

Shakila's Story - New vocation

Shakila's life changed when she enrolled at the vocational training center. At the center, she learned how to weave date palm leaves into mats. There is a big demand for these mats at the hotels of Bhopal.

Because of the training, Shakila is able to earn good money and contribute to her family income. She has gained respect for herself and from her family members.

Quote

"All they [the bears] have had in their lives is the misery of regular beatings and starvation. We have to redefine humans for them because all they have ever known is man doing them harm." ~ Kartick Satyanarayan

WSOS' Medical Clinic

WSOS has vets on staff at the 4 bear sanctuaries 24/7 and a medical clinic where they perform major surgeries.

Specialists and surgeons from England donate their time to do major surgeries to save the dancing bears, many who have disfigured noses and other deformaties caused by the rope that was forced into their nose with hot irons and other abuse.

The facility includes an operating table (shown here), xray machines and other medical equipment.

Wildlife S.O.S. Bear Sanctuaries

Wildlife S.O.S. started and runs the only 4 bear sanctuaries in India. They are located at:

1. Agra Bear Rescue Facility

2. Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Centre

3. Van Vihar Bear Rescue Facility, and

4. West Bengal Bear Rescue Sanctuary

Rescued dancing bear with healed nose

Rescued dancing bear with healed nose
Rescued dancing bear with healed nose

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions about the Dancing Bears of India, click Frequently asked questions

A rescued Dancing Bear eating at a Wildlife Sanctuary while his BEAR-giver watches over him

A rescued Dancing Bear eating at a Wildlife Sanctuary while his BEAR-giver watches over him
A rescued Dancing Bear eating at a Wildlife Sanctuary while his BEAR-giver watches over him

How you can help these bears

To help save a sloth cub from poachers or rescue a dancing bear, click Donate Now.

Mumbai aka Bollywood's last 5 dancing bears have been rescued by Wildlife S.O.S. Yes, Max Bear, Moss Bear, Mali Bear, Miranda Bear and Minnerva Bear have been saved and are being rehabilitated at a Wildlife S.O.S. sanctuary.

Get this adorable image of a Sloth Bear on t-shirts, hats and other apparel. To see all products with this design, click More Products

Saving The Dancing Bears of India.

Wildlife S.O.S. receives 300 snake calls a month at their Reptile Rescue Cell In Delhi.

Bird Rescue is done at the Gurgaon Rescue Facility, which is dedicated to taking care of injured birds. They also receive birds from FRIENDICOES, the sister organization that Geeta runs.

Wildlife Rescue Wildlife S.O.S. has 2 ambulances and rescues over 3000 birds, mammals and reptiles every years, from injured animals and those in the hands of trappers and poachers.

Habitat Protection to conserve wildlife and the ecosystem is another that Wildlife SOS is involved in. To help protect the land where the sloth bears (and other animals) live, they are acquiring private land when they can to protect it and let it return to its wild state.

Monkeys being saved as well

Monkeys being saved as well
Monkeys being saved as well

Wildlife SOS rescued a rare and highly endangered mammal - the Pangolin from the state of Karnatka in South India. One of the consultants at WSOS saw some people clicking pictures, standing in a group. They had a pangolin tied with clutch wires with a deep gash on one thigh.

Later at the WSOS rescue center the clutch wires were removed and the injuries treated with antibiotic. The animal was released it in the Sanapura Reserve Forest after it regained normalcy.

Submitted by Ruchika Sachdeva

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Elephant Conservation

Saving the elephants are another hot button issue for Kartick and Geeta. India is home to nearly 60% of the world's remaining elephant population. However, most of the elephants in India live a hard life. They are used for logging to carry heavy loads, for entertainment at weddings and tourism.

There are approximately 5000 captive elephants in India. Their lives are harsh as they have to walk on hot tarmac and in very hot temperatures. They end up with a lot of health problems including blisters and rotten feet.

Wildlife S.O.S.' Elephant Conservation and Welfare Project (ECWP) is located in Delhi, India. They provide aid to the elephants who are caught by poachers and sold, much like the sloth bears, and trained using cruel techniques.

WSOS focuses on bear rescue, elephant conservation, wildlife rescue, reptile protection, habitat conservation, tribal rehab

Kartick cradles rescued cub

Kartick cradles rescued cub
Kartick cradles rescued cub

It's here!

The lens about Geeta Seshamani, Savior of India's Animals whose passion for animals prompted her to start Friendicoes Society for the Eradication of Cruelty to Animals.

Then, after seeing a dancing bear, recruited Kartick to help her "STOP THE DANCE". Her vision and hard work brought Wildlife S.O.S. into existence and keeps it running strong.

Save our Bear badge
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Save Our Bears (SOB) Headquarters

Save Our Bears Headquarters -- a group of lenses devoted to help change the plight all of the 8 bear species through awareness and fund raising.

The lenses show the wonderful nature of bears and many will, at the same time, shine a spotlight on the dangers bears face including: trophy hunters, gall bladder and bile farming, pollution, bear baiting, global warming, and habitat destruction.

You'll also find fun lenses on great polar bear movies, books, teddy bears, even cartoon and toy bears.

Click Save Our Bears (SOB) Headquarters to go to the page.

They're in our hands

They're in our hands
They're in our hands

How you can support Wildlife S.O.S.

You too can make a page like this one and have all or a percentage of the Squidoo Royalties go directly to Wildlife S.O.S. to help save the bears.

The lens can be on anything you want. About your cat, your car, whatever you care about. Believe me, you are an expert in something. If you don't think so, put together a lens about something you are learning -- walk us through the steps -- the where, why, when and how of it.

To make a lens now, click

I was going to create a lens on Kartick as soon as I heard about him and his work. Squidoo's Superhero project inspired me to do it NOW. I hope you liked it.

To see who other Superhero pages written by other Squidoo Lensmasters click Superheroes

Awarded SuperHero Runner up

RUNNER UP

On July 14, 1008, this lens won a Runner up award for the Superhero contest and $100 was donated by Squidoo to Wildlife S.O.S.

Awarded Lens of the Day

This lens was awarded Lens of the Day on July 14, 2008 with 4 other Superhero lenses and $100 was gifted to Wildlife S.O.S. from Squidoo. I am grateful to each of you who have visited and rated the lens and for supporting me in my quest to raise awareness and money to save the Dancing Bears of India. And, thank you Squidoo for creating a place where I can make a difference!

GiantSquid Community Showcase Winner

This lens won the Favorite Giant Lens Contest for the week of 7/11/08. Click blog entry to see the write up. Check out all of the wonderful lenses on the Giant Squid Community Showcase and vote for your favorites. Thank you to everyone who liked this lens enough to vote for it. Bear hugs to all!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @RaintreeAnnie: Thank you for your visit and for the Angel Blessing. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you for sharing and raising awareness of this. Visiting again to leave you an Angel Blessing. {{Hugs}}

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thank you for helping all these georgous animals - i am grateful that you have such a great hart and that we have people like you - thank you!!!! karin from austria

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Tony, Thanks for the kind words. Please send me your email address and I'll send you an email to reach Kartick. You can send it to me by clicking my photo in the top right hand side. It will take you to a page that lists all of my lenses.

      Once there you'll see under my photo on the left side of the page is "contact" which, if you click on it, will send me a personal email. Thank you and bear hugs, Frankster

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello,

      The page is really nice and I am very much impressed with the work you are doing to save the bears as well as the whole wildlife.

      I also want to join this group and want to contact Mr. Kartick.

      Please help, If anybody can.

      Thanks,

      Tony Sharma

      Indore (MP)

      India.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      What a fabulous bear hugs tribute page Frankie! I love this. Oh, did you get a look at the length of claws on that bear! Holy Smokes.

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Great Lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow! This is a fantastic lens!

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      Thrillophilia LM 7 years ago

      This is an amazing lens Frankster.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I applaud Karthick...you are my hero..I wish I could help in person but I will donate in due time..keep up the GREAT WORK

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      [in reply to Clairwil] Thank you so very much. Every lens helps the cause. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Clairwil LM 8 years ago

      This lens has moved me to tears and action. Kartick is an amazing man. I'm currently using most of my lenses to raise funds for a local group I'm involved with. However I will make at l;east one lens for this wonderful charity. A wonerful lens for a most deserving cause*****. Many blessings.

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      antiaging-skin-care 8 years ago

      Congrats on the 500 bears! Way to go Wildlife SOS. Thanks for sharing Kartick's and WSOS' story.

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      ebeneara1 8 years ago

      The lens is good and it is also very interesting. I hope this kind of lens are very useful. The bear photo's and video's are really good. A big 5star for your lens. Check out my the ballroomdancequest blog.

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      anna_michaels 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Something Can be Done about it Group!

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

      Lizzy

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      1. Thank you for doing this lens

      2. I couldn't read the whole thing. I just couldn't. But I am glad I know about it. 5*

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      Karendelac 8 years ago

      This is such a great lens Frankster.

      I enjoy my re-visits.

      Wish I could give it 10 stars !

      It is so great that you are taking responsiobility for Bears many continents away !

      Warm wishes,

      Karen

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I saw a program regarding Karthik's relentless efforts in rescuing and rehabilitating the Indian Sloth bears in Animal Planet and was very much moved by it. I urge everyone to donate as per his or her wish to make his dream come true.Tht is the least we can do for supporting great heroes like him.

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      Kartick really is a super hero. Thank you for highlighting his story and his work.

      You have been Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I'm featuring this lens on my Squid Angel Diary. Many blessings to you, the bears, and people like Kartick who care so much.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Once again, nice work Frankster. Gotta have those dancing bears! :)

      Blessed, 5-starred, and favorited by a Squid Angel today! :)

      Colleen ~ www.squidoo.com/squid-angel

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      RaintreeAnnie 9 years ago from UK

      Really wonderful and powerful lens. You did an amazing job here in the content and by raising awareness of Kartick's dedication and inspiring work with the bears. 5 stars, adding to faves and lenrolling.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to an incredible human. Kartick is definitely a hero in my mind. Thanks for letting the world know about him and the bears he saves.

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      roysumit 9 years ago

      People like Kartick is really a super hero. The world is still beautiful for their presence. My thanks to Kartick for his selfless mission and thanks for this wonderful lens.

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      Karicor 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens; I especially like the fact that you showcase the importance of alternative income for the families of kalandars. This is the root of the problem.

      Welcome to the Squidoo.Asia Directory!

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      alicesy 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Kartick Satyanarayan - Champion of India's Dancing Bears. Keep up the good work.

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      qlcoach 9 years ago

      This is a beautifully crafted lense with a wonderful endorsement of Kartick Satyanarayan. Thank you for sharing it. Feel free to see how I am trying to help people too:

      http://www.squidoo.com/ebyway

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      jerryswrite 9 years ago

      Very powerful site - I will pass it on to everyone I know. 5 stars for you!

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      Janet1 9 years ago

      Kartick is a real life superhero. Thanks for telling his story.

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      CherylStoney 9 years ago

      Outstanding job on this lens - what a story and what a guy!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Welcome to www.squidoo.com/groups/squidoo-activists

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I'm blown away by this lens - the heroic efforts of individuals and organizations, but also your beautiful presentation of it all. 5*s

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      Thanks, Frankster, for sharing this charity with us. Such beautiful creatures! Congrats on LOTD, too. :)

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Outstanding lens, this man is definitely a hero!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      I saw Kartick on a television show a few months ago and was so inspired by his efforts. I'm sending a big bear hug to both of you! This lens is just awesome and such an important contribution to Wild Life SOS. Not only are you supporting the cause with your donations, but spreading the word is a vital part of saving these bears. I can't wait to hear you about your travels...

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! This lens is this week's winner of the Choose Your Favorite Giant Lens Contest and is now being featured at the Giant Squid Community Showcase!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      that is sooo great! He is my hero. :]

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      Oran-Kangas 9 years ago

      Your best lens ever. Your passion really shows through. I'm proud of you. Hugs, Oran

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      Welcome to the Masterpiece Movement- this lens is so interesting and awesome! I can't wait to see your pages from the trip you're going to make... they'll make an incredible travel journal, don't you think?

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      AnneReidy 9 years ago

      Thanks for bringing this great cause to our attention! Now Wild Life SOS is an official partner charity with Squidoo because Frankster notified the group that they should contact me. Thanks so much - and great work!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Frankie,

      Thank you for sharing this story and cause. It's hard to believe that this treatment of bears continues.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      WHAT AN AMAZING MAN, HE IS AN ANGEL OF MERCY FOR THOSE SUFFERING BEARS, I APPLAUD HIM AND HIS DETERMINATION.

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      kautagne 9 years ago

      I love this lens! Five stars all the way. I will be forwarding to all of friends and family. Great job Frankie.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I am glad there are people like Kartick in the world who care and take action to stop animal cruelty. Kartick is truly blessed and I am glad these bears are getting freed from their abuse and captivity and hope they can live the rest of their lives in peace.

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      Sidmoto 9 years ago

      AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! Great job. Another favorite of mine.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      For what you do here on earth can never be repaid by us meer mortals but by the greater one who created life upabove. bless you on your journey but you journey is a definitely fullfilling one. For the love of life there is no greater. i comemd you. i my self am disabled right now mentally and soon to be physiclallly but i do what i can do. i sign petitions so that all aniamals can live and have a save clean home.keep up the good work love

      robin

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      2knikki 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens Frankie!

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      RonX 9 years ago

      Amazing man and work he's doing. We need more like him in this world. Thanks for telling us his story. I'm looking forward to Geeta's as well.

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      Stinky LM 9 years ago

      Wow, Frankie, Thanks so much for bringing this story to everyone's attention. Katrick is wonderful for doing all he has done. Hat's off to you for making such a poignant and inspiring lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks to Frankie for alerting us to the plight of the sloth bears. I'm astounded by the cruelty to these creatures, and I'm relieved that Wildlife SOS and Kartick are doing what they can to save those bears remaining. Thank you for caring and for sharing.

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      Great story, Frankie! Thanks for the email or I might not have seen this. I'm thrilled for you going to India to participate in saving bears, I know how important they are to you. Best of the best of everything for this entire project!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What an amazing person. Kartick will be in good company when you go to India to assist in the effort. Blessings to you both!

      Susan

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      Very Well Done.

      This site should win awards because of the tremendous power of support to those rescuing animals from a life of torture 24/7.

      Lensrolled, favorited and I will be Emailing this all over the place.

      I will also put link on my home page...

      love/Karen

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      Janet1 9 years ago

      Wonderful, Frankie. Kartick story is very inspiring. 5 stars and favorite. Janet