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Sun bear BOLEH series: “Sun bear can swim!” – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

Sun bear BOLEH series: “Sun bear can swim!” – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

In Malay language, “boleh” means “can”, or “capable.” “Malaysia Boleh!” or Malaysia can! in English, is nationwide campaign launched by our former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his leadership. The “Malaysia Boleh!” spirit has since produced many achievers and achievements, (although many are rather sarcastic), but for sure, it has been a cornerstone of the success stories that made the new Malaysia today.

Since sun bear is also known as Malayan sun bear and is resident in Malaysia, I would like to create a” Malaysia Boleh! Sun Bear Pun Boleh!” (Malaysia can! Sun Bear also Can!) series to highlight about this little known bear. Today is the opportunity for me to kick start the Sun Bear Boleh! campaign with a series of photos I received from Fiona Kwok:

”Sun bear can swim!”

After years of studying and working closely with sun bears, I know that the sun bears love water but I did not know they can swim well, not until yesterday when Fiona posted a photo of a sun bear swam across a man-made fresh water lake in northern Peninsula Malaysia on my facebook. Fiona was so kind to share the rest of the photos which she took last year at Lower Belum/Temenggor State Park, when this handsome looking sun bear swam across the Temenggoh Lake, moving from one island to the other. Fiona was on a small boat when she spotted this wild bear swimming and following it, taking photos of course, until it reached the land.

This is really an eye opening lesson for me. I hope you feel the same too!

One word to describe this behavior, “Amazing!”

Malaysia can! Sun Bear also can!

Thanks Fiona for taking and sharing the photos!

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