Sun Bear Cub Saved from Illegal Sales


A Sun Bear cub was rescued by the Central Java Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) from being illegally sold and was handed over to the Yogyakarta Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC).

The bear cub was confiscated, along with two other protected animals, an Asian bearcat and a Malayan porcupine.

“The three protected animals are now in quarantine chambers at WRC Wildlife Park,” Tresno Wikanti, a veterinarian from WRC Dian, said here.

The three animal are under supervision and quarantine at the Center. “The sun bear cub was having diarrhea when it came here. We are still examining it, since an animal at that age is still prone to diarrhea,” she said.

Meanwhile, the binturong was reported to have injured its tail. “But we haven’t checked the detail because the animal is still stressed, so we will let it calm down first. However, the Malayan porcupine is in good condition,” Wikanti said.

The three animals were rescued by the BKSDA after the agency received reports of internet animal sales.

The confiscation was jointly conducted by the Central Java BKSDA, Cilacap Police Office, activists from Yogyakarta Nature Conservation Foundation (YKAY) and also The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP).

Operation Manager of WRC WIldlife Park, Ferry Ardyanto, said the conservation agent brought the sun bear cub and Asian bearcat to the rehabilitation center in Kalimantan and Sumatera, since the animals were young.

“Meanwhile, the Malayan porcupine will be released in Kulon Progo area,” Ardyanto said.

The sun bear is found primarily in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, North-East India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Southern China, Peninsular Malaysia, and the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.

The Asian bearcat is nocturnal and sleeps on branches. It primarily eats fruit, but has also been known to eat a wide range of animal matter, as well.

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