At one point, the group had to flee from Ba Sing Se and split up from Tenzin.
They continued their search until the Red Lotus attacked Zaofu, at which point they instead worked to combat the anarchist organization.
Later that evening, Bolin went to the Triple Threat Triad headquarters with his brother and saw Shady Shin bribe Toza, a pro-bender.
He grew up on the streets of Republic City under the protection of his older brother, Mako, after their parents were killed by a firebender.Eventually, he and his brother founded a pro-bending team, the Fire Ferrets, that would later include Avatar Korra.To generate some form of income, the brothers initially ran small-time scams on the streets of Republic City during their youth and his brother attempted to pull off a scam on an elderly woman.After Mako snatched the lady's purse, Bolin posed as rescuer and retrieved the item after pretending to fight for it with his brother.The owner told Bolin that the ferret would be fed to his pythonaconda, much to Bolin's dismay.
He asked Mako if they could buy him for five yuans, but the firebender denied the request because they could not afford to feed him, and that Bolin needed to realize that larger animals consumed those smaller than them.
A happy Bolin left the shop with his brother and the ferret, whom he named Pabu, saying that he got the idea for the name while the pythonaconda was strangling him.
The following night, Bolin attended Toza's match with his brother, Shady Shin and Lightning Bolt Zolt.
Still, the earthbender refused to leave the pet shop without the ferret.
Mako agreed to keep it, but the money to take care of it would come from Bolin's half.
Bolin angrily responded that he was not as mean as his brother and could not turn his back on those who were down.