Bear rescued from bile farm is ready to enjoy life again after a 7-month recovery



When Tuffy the black bear first arrived at Animals Asia’s Tam Dao rescue centre in Vietnam last September, the little critter was in such bad shape that the vets didn’t think it would make it.

Tuffy was rescued from a bile farm where it was kept for years. Bear’s bile is a common ingredient used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Besides having to remove Tuffy’s gall bladder, the vets also treated the bear for fractured teeth and cracked paws.

After seven months of TLC, Tuffy is back in tip-top shape and can be seen in the above video enjoying its time at its new home.

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Personalization algorithms are often helpful, but not without fail — buy a gift for a friend on Amazon and suddenly you feel like a stranger in your own account.

Qloo is an iOS app launched in November that believes better recommendations come from being more holistic. You add favorites across eight categories (movies, books, travel destinations, restaurants, etc.), each with subcategories, and the app makes cross-category recommendations. You can’t have more than five favorites per subcategory — an attempt to keep the app’s data high-quality. Your taste in music will influence your recommendations for brunch, and so on, creating a sort of Frankenstein monster of Foursquare, Netflix, Amazon and more. Read more…

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