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Ryan’s Secret Identity

Funny…for all these months that we’ve known him, we thought Ryan was a boy, but now we have discovered his true identity as an elephant. Better keep our peanuts in a secure location!


In Asian cultures the elephant is a symbol of wisdom, famed for their memory as well as their intelligence.

Like the elephant, five-year-old Ryan has a good memory. Although he is naturally shy around strangers, he easily remembers everyone once he has met them. Ryan also loves to recite the poems he has learned at school. He is bright and picks up on new things quickly. Some of his favorite activities include solving puzzles and coloring. He may be soft spoken, but he communicates well and enjoys showing off his large vocabulary. In the classroom, his responses are loud and clear, and he shows a genuine interest in learning.

Ryan’s medical needs include lower lumbar myelomeningocele (also called meningomyelocele), a congenital spinal anomaly, commonly referred to as spina bifida, and a left inguinal hernia, for which he has had surgery. Ryan’s activity level is outstanding. He chases his friends in LWB’s Shunyi foster care program, goes for walks, plays with cars, and watches cartoons with his friends.

Ryan is full of laughter and loves to be tickled! He loves snuggling on the lap of someone he knows as much as he loves playing tag with his foster brothers. We hope that someday soon Ryan will have his own adoptive family to play and snuggle with for life.

Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact [email protected] with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your local adoption agency for more information about China‚Äôs Waiting Child Program.

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  • mscheng says:

    I used to visit little Ryan at the Shunyi orphanage back in 2006, when he was just under 1 yo and had to drag himself back and forth because he couldn’t crawl properly at that time. I remember him to be shy and attached to his ayi but very insistent on crawling into my lap to be held and cuddled whenever I saw on the floor. I’m overjoyed that he has been adopted, and my heart is singing for having known his journey to a family is complete and the rest of his life is beginning. Thank you, LWB and the Shunyi orphanage and foster care program, for all that you do.

    ~ Marie

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