Sun bear is a forgotten bear species. They are the least known bear and one of the least known large mammals in Southeast Asia until recently. I hope this blog can enlighten readers and open up discussions on how we could help this unfortunate but yet magnificent animal that we call “sun bear".
The trapped Sun Bear is found a distance from KM52 of the East-West Highway near Tasik Banding. NSTP/Picture courtesy of Perak Perhilitan.
GRIK: A 50kg Sun Bear, which was caught in a snare, was rescued by the Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) team at a hilly area at Km52 of the East-West Highway in Banding near here on Monday.
Perak Perhilitan director Fakhrul Hatta Musa said the adult bear was discovered some 250 metres from the road by the villagers whho later informed the authorities.
He said Perhilitan personnel from Grik and Jeli, Kelantan, including four armed personnel, were involved in the rescue operations which started at 5pm.
“The team used a sedative before cutting the trap to set the bear free.
“The operation ended at 6.45pm and the bear was brought to our office in Grik for further inspection,” he said here today.