Text and Photos by Chiew Lin May
In the beginning of March, five new sun bears have arrived at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) , which include Diana, Ronnie, Phin, Sigalung and Sunbearo. A lot of hard work and preparations went into that day. It has been a busy couple of weeks for the team in taking care of, in total, 32 rescued sun bears.
On 10th March 2014, we received five new rescued sun bear from different district of Sabah.
There is a very attractive bear with blue eyes called Ronnie. He is a determined, smart and relaxed 8 years old adult male sun bear with strong personalities. Ronnie was kept with another female adult sun bear called “Diana”. Both of them were rescued from View Top Resort, Tawau, South-East coast of Sabah in July of 2013. Their owners said that they had been keeping the two bears together in a small concrete floor cage, and displaying them to the public at View Top Resort, Tawau. They were fed with rice and fruits. We conducted Ronnie’s physical check-up on 11st March 2014 and it went on very smoothly with the help of the Sabah Wildlife Department staffs. Ronnie’s current weight is recorded as 61.6 kg, he is such a muscular bear! Ronnie always looks for food, he rest near the feeding tray even when there is no food. He also loves to stare at people who walk pass in front of him. He watches them with curiosity and is interested in things that happen around him.
An adult male sun bear with beautiful blue eye, Ronnie. Look at that gorgeous eye contact.
What is hiding inside this big log..termites?
He was discover his new home!
Ronnie loves his food!!
“It is my sugar cane! Do not even think about it!”
Ronnie got a fantastic canine and large claw! Enjoy, Ronnie!
A nap after the meal.
This big guy appeared to have already fallen asleep, enjoying his siesta.
Diana, on the other hand, is an adult female sun bear. Upon her arrival at the BSBCC, Diana was in a bad condition. She had an old injury hole on her right snout, bald patches on the back of her head and unhealthy gums due to fighting with bear in her previous captivity. Diana is a sensitive bear, she made warning sound to show her displeasure at the presence of human on her first day at BSBCC. Nevertheless, Diana is doing brilliantly and likes to explore the new enrichment tools that are prepared by the keepers. She also loves playing with water by splashing water out of the water container.
An adult female sun bear. Diana. She had a bad condition with a old injury hole on her right snout.
Found bald patches on the back of her head.
She is regaining emotional strength, receiving the proper nutrients and having freedom to exercise.
Diana trying to settle down and adapt slowly to her new home.
Diana enjoying every single flavor and taste of her new life!
“I can smell something..” She found an enrichment hidden inside the dry leaves.
This is her first time playing the Aussie Dog Ball enrichment (filled with bread and few honey).
” Is that Food I can smell?” Diana is keeping busy with her “treats”- this enrichment is to stimulate natural sun bear behavior by encourage them to forage for food.
Trying her best to get the food out!
Diana use her long claw and strong canine to open up this coconut.
This is the result… She makes a hole in the shell and only drinks the coconut water.
“Please stop hunting, buying and keeping sun bears as a pet!”