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I wanna walk like you! Bear cub called Blue finally learns to walk months after arriving at sanctuary with such bad spinal problems that carers feared he would not survive A bear in Cambodia has learned how to walk after being found with spinal problems that made it difficult for the young cub to move. Blue, a sun bear who lives at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre near the capital Phnom Penh, used to be able to only take a few steps before becoming tired. The cub was found in a blue basket by Free The Bears, an organization that works to rescue bears that have been captured by black market bear farmers. Sun and moon bears are used in traditional medicine or sometimes kept as pets by hotels and restaurants for tourists' amusement. Blue, who weighs 24lbs would have likely been kept as a pet in a small cage and 'he would likely be dead as he has a curved spine,' Free The Bears told Daily Mail Online. Physical trauma at an extremely young age most likely caused the cub's spinal troubles. Sometimes he would give up altogether and stop moving. The organization consulted veterinarians after Blue's rescue and said that it faced 'difficult consideration of euthanasia if he began to show signs of chronic pain'. However, after months of exercise and medical treatment, the young bear has been able to join its speedy playmate Baker, a cub also rescued in Cambodia. 'Blue is still a very young, growing bear and is not out of the woods yet, but he is dearly loved and we at Free The Bears are so happy with his progress,' rescuers said on Facebook. The bear is able to climb now and uses his teeth to help him. He still becomes tired, but is building up his strength. Free The Bears used money from donations of care kits to provide 24-hour assistance to the animal from local bear keepers. He was bottle-fed at least eight times a day and given joint supplement and anti-inflammatory medicine. Blue and Baker live in an enclosure with pools, rocks, hammocks, climbing frames, plants and toys. They will eventually grow to around 145lbs, but it will be difficult to release them into the wild because of their time spent in captivity and the rapid destruction of their habitat. Thousands of Asian bears are farmed for their bile, which contains a chemical called ursedeoxycholic acid used in traditional medicine, according to the New York Times. There are an estimated 10,000 farmed bears in China, where it is legal. The animals live in cages where they are unable to move and some of their gall bladders swell to the size of watermelons. Selling bear bile is illegal in Cambodia. Free The Bears also rescues animals in Cambodia that would have been eaten as bear claw soup or put in cages in hotels for the amusement of tourists. Photo shows: Blue upon his arrival ?Peter Yuen/Exclusivepix Media