7/18/18

Logan –Taste of Freedom

14/7/2018

Text & Photos by Chiew Lin May

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Found abandoned near Lokan River, Kulu-Kulu Village in Sabah and kept in a cage for three months as a house pet. He was then surrendered to the Sabah Wildlife Department and sent to BSBCC on the 19th of May, 2018. Every year, orphaned sun bears are rescued by the Sabah Wildlife Department or are surrendered by local people. Sun bear cubs are targeted for the illegal pet trade, hunted for food or used in traditional medicine. It is believed that their mother will be killed so that the poacher can snatch the bear cub. In the wild, sun bear cubs will spend the first two to three years of their lives with their mom. Without his mother to teach him the skills he needs, the sun bear becomes incapable of being released back into the wild and they must rely on our rehabilitation support.

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Logan was found alone in the forest and then kept as a pet. But he is in safe hands now and settling in well at BSBCC

The rehabilitation process after his arrival starts with strong bonding with his surrogate mother (bear care taker), where he slowly gains trust, strength and can be a wild bear again. The surrogate mother then will be assisting in daily walks in the forest with the bear cub to give them a second chance to learn all of the skills needed to survive in the forest.

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The youngest male sun bear cub, Logan has settled happily into his new life. You can see how much little Logan has grown in that time and how chubby he is now with a weight of 15.10 kg.

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With a beautiful yellow sun bear little crescent chest mark

This brave bear that has lost his mother endured a lifetime of suffering in captivity and has never known the wild freedom he was born to have. On the 7th of June 2018, Logan finally felt the sunshine and grass under his little paws again! 

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Logan will get to play in the forest, learn to forage, climb trees and explore the forest. He learns to trust every day. The surrogate mother is helping little Logan to learn just how to be a wild bear!

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Learn to be wild bear again!

Day by day it is such a blissful time in the morning, he knows when we are going to start walking him in the forest. He will quickly climb down from his basket and without hesitation he will run into the dense forest. He is developing very well and showing great progress with his forest skills. 

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No surprise – he is always busy foraging and filling his tummy! Sun bears are opportunistic omnivores. For Logan, he loves to dig by using his sharp curved claws and strong teeth in search his favourite wild food - termites, ants, insects, pill millipedes and bird carcasses. When he finds something for his own, he is very happy about it! Sometimes Logan will stand up on his hind legs to get a better smell or view of something that attracted his attention.

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Busy Logan! Finding favorite food

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Deserves it!

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Logan digs into decayed wood with his long claws

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Lots of yummy food to find here!!

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Now for some foraging

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Logan checks a dead log for termites

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Logan is licking ants off the tree

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Yummy! Bird Carcass!

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Favourite Termite Mounds! He uses his sharp claws and teeth to break the termite mounds

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Favourite Termite Mounds! He uses his sharp claws and teeth to break the termite mounds

Logan was missing his left thumb and his left front paw has developed abnormally, but these have never made give him up and he is always full of enthusiasm climbing trees. He loves to learn new skills and develops his small muscles every day! He is an agile climber where he uses his powerful legs, feet with hairless soles and sharp claws to climb the tree. Right after foraging he will choose a tree he loves and climb it. He learns the way to climb trees or liana and just enjoys the beautiful sun view! He is so brave! He always wants to make the most of what he has got! Only sometimes he will easily get tired after he tries to climb too many trees.

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His true ability and agile shine through when up in the tree canopy where he belongs

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Once out to the forest, he quickly climbs up into the trees

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Excellent at climbing!

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Explore my new HOME in the dense rainforest

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He does a balancing act on the small branch!

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He is determined to make the best of his life !!

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Logan is comfy on Liana

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He is so brave. He always wants to make the most of what he has got

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How to stay COOL on tree!!

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Never tired!

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Logan have an incredible sense of smell!

When he gets excited roaming the forest he will start to play fight and wrestle with his surrogate mother. He loves to play with anything and everything. 

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He absolutely loved it- he will rolling and running around!

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He is a very active little bear! He knows the way to the stream and enjoys dipping, chilling in the stream or laying his snout deep in the water to beat the hot weather! Logan takes great pleasure enjoying his freedom each day in the forest.

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Nothing feels BEST than a dip in the stream

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​For little Logan, his newfound freedom has meant to him: tearing decayed wood, finding his favourite food such as termites, sun bathing, and soaking in the stream. We cannot wait to see the next challenge he has to learn to grow every day.

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He is a cheeky and intelligent bear to enjoy all things in the forest

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How relaxed and comfortable can a cub be

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Laze on the forest floor

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Logan take a nap

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Peekaboo!!

​Looking at these pictures, it is hard believe he is a huge part of the forest life now and is also catching his daily experience in life. Watching him is like watching any bear cubs in the wild!

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He looks so at ease outside the forest

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Miss my mum to venture together in the forest

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Little Logan learn to trust and realize life with Tall trees, grass, insects, macaques at the forest

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Logan will adapt well to life as a WILD sun bear and slowly he learns to leave his past as a pet behind him

Launching of SJK (C) Tai Tong Sun Bear Library

12/7/2018


12th July 2018: The new school library's design adapts the Sun Bear as their main theme and it was a great pleasure for BSBCC to be a part of their launching today. Many thanks to the school especially to their headmistress, Mdm. Tan for the invitation and the designer of the library, Mr. Edward Tham for having the idea of spreading awareness of our endangered sun bear to the students by placing information boards around the library. It is also a great effort from the school to place a donation box on the library counter and to give self-designed bookmarks as token of appreciation for those who donated RM10 and above. The school already managed to collect RM2000 so far and the amount were given to BSBCC as part of their Share Bear adoption plan. We hope to have more collaboration with SJK (C) Tai Tong in the future and more schools will incorporate the Bornean Sun Bear as part of their school events or activities.


School sports day were also officiate today


Dr Wong and the students


The launching of school library



Official logo of the Sun Bear Library


Official logo of the Sun Bear Library


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Information board


The main entrance of Sun Bear Library


Speech from the headmistress, Mdm Tan on the importance of reading and conservation of Sun Bear


Dr Wong receiving the generous donation form the school for the adoption programme


Group photo with the headmistress, school director board, and students


Information board


sports day were also officiate today
sports day were also officiate today