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August 05, 2020 - Vice

Endangered Moon Bears Are Being Farmed in South Korea for a COVID Cure

Endangered Moon Bears Are Being Farmed in South Korea for a COVID Cure
Moon bear in cageCredit: Animals Asia

Moon bears, also known as Asian black bears, have historically been prized throughout Asia for their bile, which is commonly used for traditional medicinal purposes. Their bile has been especially sought after in Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has been promoted as a possible coronavirus treatment.

According to National Geographic, moon bears are the most common species of bears farmed for their bile in Southeast Asia. The bile from these bears contains high levels of ursodeoxycholic acid, which has been shown to be effective in helping treat certain liver and gallbladder conditions in humans.

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